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People with Down syndrome possess a set of health, physiological, cognitive and social attributes which places limitations on their physical fitness and physical activity capacities.
Down Syndrome is associated with muscle weakness, decreased dynamic balance and low cardiovascular fitness.
Muscle performance is typically decreased by up to 50 per cent in people with Down syndrome. This can reduce exercise capacity and impede participation in physical activity, putting children and young adults with Down syndrome at a greater risk of health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and obesity.
It is vital that people with Down syndrome participate in exercise to maintain their quality of life and capacity. The emotion21 dance and fitness program addresses this need.