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In this year’s review I want to make a case for exercise and physical activity in children with chronic disease or disability. Using two 2016 papers I will illustrate the infancy of the field, especially children who are wheelchair using. More efforts are needed to develop better methods to measure physical activity and exercise capacity in this population. In addition, effective interventions are needed to stimulate a healthy active lifestyle in children with disability. I sincerely hope that the 2016 review will stimulate other researchers to investigate physical activity and exercise in children with chronic disease and disability.
The author is with the Child Development and Exercise Center, Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands.