What is this study about?

The Coordination and Activity Tracking in CHildren (CATCH) study is looking at the motor coordination and physical fitness abilities of children from early to mid-childhood.

Motor coordination is an important component of a child’s development. Children with low motor coordination are more likely to be overweight and unfit by the time they are teenagers.

To help to understand how to help these children, we are following a group of children and looking at their motor coordination, physical activity and fitness, to see how they relate to each other and how they change over time.

Would my child and I be able to take part?

Unfortunately we are no longer recruiting for the CATCH study. If you are still interested in being part of other INCH lab studies, please email us.

What would my child and I have to do?

Families participating in the CATCH study take part in a 1.5 to 2 hour appointment held at the INCH lab. All children are guided through a series of activities that look at motor skills and coordination. Most children find these activities fun to do.

A child's physical fitness and body composition is also measured at this appointment. Parents are also interviewed and asked to complete surveys.

Afterward, families are asked to return to the INCH lab for a total of 4 appointments, held once a year.

For families enrolled in the long-term study, parents receive an annual report card highlighting their child’s scores on motor coordination tasks and fitness measures, as well as measures of physical activity, height, and body weight.

How do I get more information about this study?

Please contact us at 905-525-9140 x27528 or email us at

Principal Investigator
Dr. John Cairney 416-978-6563

Research Coordinator
Christine Rodriguez 905-525-9140 extension 27528 or


Published articles:

King-Dowling, S., Rodriguez, C., Missiuna, C., Timmons, B., & Cairney, J. (2018). Health-related Fitness in Preschool Children with and without Motor Delays. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 50 (7), 1442. DOI:10.1249/MSS.0000000000001590

Cairney, J., Missiuna, C., Timmons, B. W., Rodriguez, C., Veldhuizen, S., King-Dowling, S., … Le, T. (2015). The Coordination and Activity Tracking in CHildren (CATCH) study: rationale and design. BMC Public Health, 15, 1266.