What is this study about?
Coordination and Activity Tracking in CHildren (CATCH) is a study that 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?
We are looking for parents who have children who are 4 and 5 years old with all levels of motor coordination.
What would my child and I have to do?
If you and your child agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to take part in a 1.5 to 2 hours appointment held at the INCH lab. All children will be guided through a series of activities that look at motor skills and coordination. Most children find these activities fun to do. Your child's physical fitness and body composition will also be examined at this appointment. Parents will also be interviewed and asked to complete surveys. Afterward, both you and your child will be asked to return to the INCH lab for 3 more appointments held once a year. Appointments are scheduled for a time that works best for you; we offer day, evening and weekend appointment times.
For families enrolled in the long-term study, parents will 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 Christine Rodriguez at 905-525-9140 x27528 or email us at CATCH@mcmaster.ca.