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Coordination and Activity Tracking in CHildren (CATCH)

The CATCH (Coordination and Activity Tracking in CHildren) study is looking at the coordination, physical activity and fitness of children.

Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) tend to take part in less physical activity than typically developing children. Being less active may mean children with DCD are less physically fit and more likely to be overweight or obese. This may increase the risk of poor heart health and other related conditions when they are older.

Most studies of children with DCD have only looked at children at one point in time. In this study, we are following children from early to mid-childhood to see how motor coordination, physical activity and fitness relate to each other and how they change over time in children.

CATCH is a long-term study. We are following children who are 4 or 5 years of age at the start of the study for four years. Parents and their children come to the INCH Lab once a year. At these sessions, the children in the study are part of activities and games that look at their cognitive skills, motor skills and physical fitness.


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    • McMaster University Department of Family Medicine
    • David Braley Health Sciences Centre
    • 100 Main Street West, 6th Floor
    • Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6
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