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Exploring the Impact and Feasibility of a Pathway to Sport and Long-term Participation in Young People (EPIC)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02517333
Recruitment Status : Enrolling by invitation
First Posted : August 7, 2015
Last Update Posted : April 19, 2018
Sport England
Oxfordshire Sports Partnership
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Francesca Liu, Oxford Brookes University

Brief Summary:
The importance of play and physical activity include its many benefits on positively improving health and well-being, enhancing children's and young people's thinking and performance in school, improving their sleep and enabling confidence and skill building (Janssen and LeBlanc, 2010; Budde et al., 2008; Sallis and Patrick, 1994). However, children with movement difficulties (MD) and physical disabilities are at risk of decreased physical activity and subsequently decreased physical fitness and overall health and well-being as a result. To build upon current findings and to follow-up on a continuing study, looking at the impact (responses) and recovery during and following acute exercise at different intensities in children and adolescents with and without movement difficulties, this next phase aims to provide an intervention to improve fitness levels and health measures and to strategically provide a pathway for longer term participation in physical activity in young people. Implement and evaluate a pathway to sport for 14+ year old young people who do not regularly participate in sport due to Neurodevelopmental conditions, young people presenting with poor coordination and movement, and even children and adolescents with special educational needs. The pathway hopes to promote engagement, participation, inclusion and confidence (EPIC) in sport within local schools and the community through 1) targeted recruitment, 2) confidence and skill building (EPIC Club), 3) connection to sport ('Have a go days') and 4) exit to long term participation.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Dyspraxia Other: EPIC Club Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 40 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Exploring the Impact and Feasibility of a Pathway to Sport and Long-term Participation in Young People
Study Start Date : March 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date : June 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : June 2018

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Proof-of-principle (PoP)

Proof-of-principle phase of the study. All participants undergo the exercise intervention as part of the feasibility.

  1. Screen within Year 9 Class
  2. Targeted recruitment for those scoring in bottom 5th percentile
  3. Invite students to take part in 6-week intervention
  4. Enroll students participating
  5. Pre-intervention assessment
  6. Start 6-week Epic Club gym intervention (1-2 times weekly for 45-60 mins) consisting of 30 min cardiovascular exercise and 25-30 min strength/resistance and weight training
  7. Post-intervention assessment
  8. Exit to longer-term sport/physical activity
Other: EPIC Club
Weekly exercise gym sessions (1-2 times weekly) for 45-60 mins each session. Participants will start with a warm-up of 30 mins cardiovascular training either doing cycling, treadmill running or cross-training. The remainder of the session consists of strength/resistance and weight-training involving leg press, leg extensor, pull downs, kettle bells, dumbbells. Gym sessions aim to involve bursts of high-intensity and monitoring of heart rate (potentially with wrist activity monitors with heart rate monitoring and accelerometers) to identify level of physical activity intensity. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in 'Have a go' sports days run by the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Fitness Measures [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    Measures are composite and consists of multiple primary outcome measures focused around fitness. Pre- and post-assessments surrounding the EPIC Club gym sessions will seek to monitor changes to fitness measures. The Astrand bike test is a submaximal test of aerobic capacity to predict maximal oxygen uptake based on heart rate and work rate. Arm and leg strength will also be assessed and a motor skill (balance)

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Physical activity questionnaire (PAQ-A) and Child Health Utility (9D) Questionnaire [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]

    Composite of secondary outcome measures for questionnaires including the Physical activity questionnaire (PAQ-A) used to assess physical activity over past 7 days during pre-assessment and the Child Health and Utility (9D) questionnaire focusing on health and overall well-being

    Questionnaire regarding physical activity over the past 7 days

  2. Adherence [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    Number of sessions attended

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Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years to 15 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Participants must be able to walk with or without support for at least 5 meters, be able to safely take part in two-step instructions.
  • GP approval will only be required prior to participation in the training intervention and the assessments if parent/guardian requests so or if the investigators feel there is a need for medical clearance for the child/adolescent to safely participant.
  • The participant should be able to mount the cycle ergometer with or without assistance

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any behavioral issues that would prevent safe participation or may put the participant, investigators and others at risk
  • Any contraindications to perform maximal exercise
  • Individuals suffering from muscular degenerative conditions or with uncontrolled medical conditions (e.g. asthma, diabetes, epilepsy- must be stable and on medication for greater than 12 weeks)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02517333

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United Kingdom
Cherwell School
Oxford, United Kingdom, OX2 7EE
Oxford, United Kingdom, OX3 0BP
Cheney School
Oxford, United Kingdom, OX3 7QH
Wheatley Park School
Oxford, United Kingdom, OX33 1QH
The Oxford Academy
Oxford, United Kingdom, OX4 6JZ
Sponsors and Collaborators
Oxford Brookes University
Sport England
Oxfordshire Sports Partnership
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Principal Investigator: Helen Dawes, Professor Oxford Brookes University

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Responsible Party: Francesca Liu, Principle Investigator, Oxford Brookes University Identifier: NCT02517333     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 140844
First Posted: August 7, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 19, 2018
Last Verified: April 2018

Keywords provided by Francesca Liu, Oxford Brookes University:
Motor skill proficiency
movement difficulties
Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
Low physical fitness