Title

Physical Activity and Pain in Youth With Sickle Cell Disease

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Department

Kinesiology

School

Kinesiology and Nutrition

Abstract

Study objectives were to examine the relationships between physical activity, pain, and psychological distress in youth 8 to 17 years of age with sickle cell disease. Participants were 206 youth with sickle cell disease (M = 11.73 years, 54.9% female, 99.5% African American). Caregivers and youth completed a clinical psychosocial screening battery. Results revealed frequent pain (37.6%), moderate median pain intensity, and elevated median pain interference in youth. Lower caregiver-reported physical activity was associated with worse pain outcomes. Increased anxiety was also associated with worse pain outcomes. A better understanding of the relationship between physical activity/inactivity and pain will guide multifactorial treatment interventions.

Publication Title

Family and Community Health

Volume

43

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

9

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