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Physical Activity and Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis

Key Message

Children with multiple sclerosis (MS) who exercise regularly may have a less active disease.


Grover, Stephanie A., et al. (2015). Lower physical activity is associated with higher disease burden in pediatric multiple sclerosis. Neurology. Published online before print August 12, 2015. doi: http:/​/​dx.​doi.​org/​10.​1212/​WNL.​0000000000001939


To evaluate the association between physical activity (PA) and multiple sclerosis (MS) disease activity, depression, and fatigue in a cohort of children with MS and monophasic acquired demyelinating syndrome (mono-ADS).


A total of 110 patients (79 mono-ADS; 31 MS; 5–18 years; M:F 1:1.2) were included. Patients with MS reported less strenuous (33.21 ± 31.88 metabolic equivalents [METs] vs 15.97 ± 22.73 METs, p = 0.002) and total (44.48 ± 39.35 METs vs 67.28 ± 59.65 METs; p = 0.0291) PA than those with mono-ADS. Patients with MS who reported greater amounts of moderate PA METs had fewer sleep/rest fatigue symptoms (r = −0.4). Participation in strenuous PA was associated with smaller T2 lesion volumes (r = −0.66) and lower annualized relapse rate (r = −0.66). No associations were found between total brain volume and participation in PA.

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