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Sports, Fun and Games for Heart-Children?

S-BAHn Study of the National Register Should Provide Clarity and Options

Scientific name of the study

S-BAHn Study ("Sport Bei Angeborenen Herzfehlern"/"Sports in Congenital Heart Disease")

Are children and adolescents with congenital heart disease at a disadvantage when it comes to sports and exercise? Are there suitable options at school and for leisure? We want to know for sure.

Exercise Increases the Quality of Life

Everyone benefits from exercise and sports. It is a source of stress relief also for children. Exercise and sports are proven to enhance our wellbeing. We have more fun together, learn better and strengthen our nerves, muscles and body's defenses. But do people with chronic and congenital diseases have the same options regarding sports and exercise as healthy people? One thing is for sure: Regular exercise can help reduce secondary diseases and it improves the quality of life. But are there suitable options for "heart-children"?

What is the Most Fun?

Which kinds of sports and exercise do children and adolescents with congenital heart disease pursue actively? And what is the most fun? Is it climbing or rather hiking? Do they prefer a dance group or a hockey team? Outside right or in goal? Water ballet or swimming for time? And how do we best encourage children and adolescents with congenital heart disease in terms of physical activity? We want to find out.

Heart-Experts Provide Answers

In an online survey of 2018, we asked children and adolescents about their preferences regarding sports. 1,718 Register members answered our questions. We are currently comparing our survey's results with the sports behavior of healthy children. For this purpose, we are collaborating with Dr. Claudia Albrecht, sports scientist at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, and pediatric cardiologist Dr. Jannos Siaplaouras.

For our comparison we use the nationwide Motorik-Modulstudie (motor activity modular study). Our S-BAHn (Sport Bei Angeborenen Herzfehlern = "sports in congenital heart disease") study thus helps us find out whether children and adolescents with congenital heart disease prefer similar or different kinds of sports and exercise and if they are able to equally participate in school sports or recreational sports. The research project is funded by the Foerdergemeinschaft Deutsche Kinderherzzentren e. V. (promotion society for German pediatric heart centers).

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    Zu dieser Studie liegt inzwischen auch das Ergebnis vor. Demnach halten sich nur neun Prozent der von angeborenen Herzfehlern betroffenen Kinder und Jugendlichen täglich eine Stunde körperlich fit. Die Wissenschaftler sehen dringenden Handlungsbedarf und eine Beratungslücke, die dringend geschlossen werden sollte. Mehr dazu lesen Sie hier.


    • 30.4.2020

      Physical Activity Among Children With Congenital Heart Defects in Germany: A Nationwide Survey.

      Siaplaouras J, Niessner C, Helm PC, Jahn A, Flemming M, Urschitz MS, Sticker E, Abdul-Khaliq H, Bauer UM, Apitz C

      Frontiers in pediatrics 8, 170, (2020). Show this publication on PubMed.

In charge of the project:

  • Prof. Dr. med. Christian Apitz, Universitätsklinikum Ulm © Universitätsklinikum Ulm

    Prof. Dr. med. Christian Apitz

    As senior physician, pediatric cardiologist Christian Apitz has headed the Pediatric Cardiology Section at the University Hospital Ulm since 2015. More

    Universitätsklinikum Ulm
    Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin, Pädiatrische Kardiologie

    Eythstr. 24
    89075 Ulm

Contact person:

  • Dr. med. Ulrike Bauer, Wolfram Scheible für Nationales Register © Wolfram Scheible für Nationales Register

    Dr. med. Ulrike Bauer

    Ulrike Bauer is the Scientific Managing Director of the National Register for Congenital Heart Defects and the Competence Network for Congenital Heart Defects. More

    Kompetenznetz Angeborene Herzfehler e. V.

    Augustenburger Platz 1
    13353 Berlin

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