The main aim of this review was to evaluate the effect of physical activity on motor development in children with Down
Syndrome by means of a systematic review.
An extensive literature search of published studies in English from 1980 to May 2006 was performed. Of the fifty-eight
studies identified only four met the inclusion criteria. This review included studies that investigated the effects of physical
activity on motor development in children with Down Syndrome and evaluated the outcomes in terms of the level of activity.
One study showed a significant decrease in length of time to independent walking in the intervention group (C l -101(-180.48 -
-21.52]. Two studies (N=84) reported a significant improvement in the total developmental quotient following intensive
physical activity (wmd and Cl 95% -13.07 [-17. 66, -8.48]. Three studies showed an increased in locomotor developmental
skills following physical activity intervention.
The results of this review support the use of programmes that are designed to improve motor development in children with
Down Syndrome. We recommend that physical activity programmes need to be intensive and parents should be incorporated to strengthen the