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Table 4 Participation in physical activity and physical education in patients with JIA and controls

From: Physical activity in patients with oligo- and polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis diagnosed in the era of biologics: a controlled cross-sectional study

  Patients with JIA (n = 60) Controls (n = 60) p-value
Participation in PA (organized and/or unorganized) 51 (85) 56 (93) 0.14
Participation in organized PA 38 (63) 47 (78) 0.11
Frequency of organized PA    0.14
 None 22 (37) 13 (22)  
 1–3 h/week 16 (27) 12 (20)  
 4–6 h/week 12 (20) 24 (40)  
 7–9 h/week 8 (13) 6 (10)  
  > 10 h/week 2 (3) 5 (8)  
The most reported organized PA
 Dancing 14 (23) 9 (15) 0.25
 Soccer 10 (17) 16 (27) 0.18
 Handball 5 (8) 5 (8) 1.00
 Cross-country skiing/biathlon 4 (7) 5 (8) 0.73
 Swimming 3 (5) 4 (7) 0.70
 Horse riding 4 (7) 2 (3) 0.34
 Athletics 1 (2) 4 (7) 0.36
 Fight sports (taekwondo, kickboxing, boxing) 0 (0) 5 (8) 0.06
Participation in unorganized PA 41 (68) 42 (70) 1.00
Frequency of unorganized PA    0.79
 None 19 (32) 18 (30)  
 1–3 h/week 30 (50) 34 (57)  
 4–6 h/week 11 (18) 8 (13)  
The most reported unorganized PA
 Jogging/running 10 (17) 14 (23) 0.36
 Training in fitness center 11 (18) 10 17) 0.81
 Strength exercising at home 10 (17) 8 (13) 0.61
 Walking/hiking 5 (8) 10 (17) 0.17
 Ball activities 3 (5) 4 (7) 0.70
 Cross-country skiing 4 (7) 2 (3) 0.68
 Swimming 3 (5) 1 (2) 0.62
Participation in PE    < 0.001
 Always (without modifications) 42 (70) 59 (98)  
 Always (occasionally with modifications) 16 (27) 0 (0)  
 Sometimes 2 (3) 1 (2)  
  1. Numbers are n (%)
  2. JIA juvenile idiopathic arthritis, PA physical activity, PE physical education