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Physical Activity and Recurrent Pain in Children and Adolescents in Germany—Results from the MoMo Study

Kolb, Simon ORCID iD icon 1; Burchartz, Alexander ORCID iD icon 1; Krause, Laura; Klos, Leon ORCID iD icon 1; Schmidt, Steffen C. E. 1; Woll, Alexander ORCID iD icon 1; Niessner, Claudia ORCID iD icon 1
1 Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Recurrent pain can be a significant disruption in the activities of daily life, and is not only a health problem in adults but also in children and adolescents. This study analyzed the prevalence of recurrent pain in the current sample (n = 1516; 11–17 years (mean$_{age}$ = 14.4 ± 2.0 years); 50.8% female) of a nationwide study in Germany, evaluated the association of participants’ device-based physical activity (PA) with the prevalence of recurrent pain, and assessed whether children and adolescents who reported pain for the last three months accumulated less PA than those who did not. A higher prevalence was found in girls for recurrent headaches (42.2% vs. 28.7%), abdominal pain (28.2% vs. 20.1%), and back pain (26.9% vs. 19.5%). We found higher odds for recurrent headaches in girls (OR = 1.54) and in participants that did not reach at least 60 min of moderate to vigorous PA (MVPA) per day (OR = 2.06). Girls who reported recurrent headaches accumulated 4.7 min less MVPA per day than those without. The prevalence of pain remains at a high level in the German youth and underscores the need for interventions to improve the health situations of children and adolescents.

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000153015
Veröffentlicht am 25.11.2022
DOI: 10.3390/children9111645
Zitationen: 2
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft (IfSS)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2022
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2227-9067
KITopen-ID: 1000153015
Erschienen in Children
Verlag MDPI
Band 9
Heft 11
Seiten Art.-Nr.: 1645
Bemerkung zur Veröffentlichung Gefördert durch den KIT-Publikationsfonds
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 28.10.2022
Schlagwörter headache, abdominal pain, back pain, motor performance, physical fitness, KiGGS
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