Table 2

Comparing reported physical activity and participation in sports between the 56 EP/ELBW-born subjects and the 57 term-born age-matched and gender-matched controls in the Western Norway Health Region in 1999–2000 as part of the Project Extreme Prematurity

Physical activityEP/ELBWTerm bornP value*
N=56
M=28, F=28
N=57
M=31, F=26
N(M/F)N(M/F)
Apart from at school, how often does your child usually exercise so much that it gets out of breath or sweats?0.013
 Daily3(2/1)7(6/1)
 4–6 times/week9(4/5)18(9/9)
 2–3 times/week28(15/13)24(13/11)
 1 time/week9(3/6)6(2/4)
 Less than one time/week2(1/1)2(1/1)
 Never3(2/1)0
 Total5457
At play and sports: how is the child’s endurance compared with its average peers?0.006
 Similar34(17/17)48(25/23)
 Less18(9/9)9(6/3)
 Much less3(1/2)0
 Total5557
At play and sports: how vigorous is the child compared with its average peers?0.001
 More6(1/5)16(13/3)
 Similar34(20/14)37(15/22)
 Less15(6/9)4(3/1)
 Total5557
How will you rate your child’s proficiency in sports activities?<0.001
 Very high6(2/4)11(10/1)
 High8(2/6)26(13/13)
 Average25(15/10)16(6/10)
 Somewhat low13(7/6)3(2/1)
 Very low2(1/1)0
 Total5456
Does the child participate in
 Team sports27(14/13)41(25/16)0.009
 Sports club activities other than team sports14(6/8)16(10/6)0.83
 Physical activity alone or together with family/friends42(21/21)34(18/16)0.050
  • *Wilcoxon’s signed-ranks test two tailed.

  • EP/ELBW, extremely preterm/extremely low birth weight;F, female;m, male.