Introduction Two clinical trials tested a new management strategy for adolescents with Patellofemoral Pain (PFP) and Osgood-Schlatter Disease (OSD). The strategy consisted of activity modification (a 4-week break from sport followed by progressive return to sport), education, and exercises. This strategy appeared to improve self-reported symptoms and reduce vigorous physical activity, but it is unclear if this had detrimental effects on adolescents’ sedentary behavior. The aim of this study was to investigate the changes in sedentary behavior during an activity modification management strategy for PFP and OSD.
Materials and Methods This ancillary analysis included data from two single arm trials of activity modification, education, and exercises of 177 adolescents’ with PFP or OSD. ActiGraph GT3X+ measured physical activity and sedentary time before and during the trial (at four weeks follow-up) when adolescents were instructed to modify sports participation. Data was only included if they had a valid week which consisted of at least 4 days with 10 hours of wear-time. Time spent in consecutive sedentary bouts of ≥10 minutes was used to calculate the average daily sedentary time.
Results Baseline sedentary time for adolescents with PFP and OSD were 344 (±74) and 349 (±39) min/day, respectively. For adolescents with PFP the mean change in sedentary time was 14 min/day (95% CI, -3 to 30min) and 8 min/day (95% CI, -7 to 24) for OSD during activity modification.
Conclusion A management strategy focusing on activity modification, education, and exercises was associated with none or only small changes in sedentary time.
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