DCD can result in avoidance of physical activity – movement difficulties can make it challenging to ‘succeed’ in a sporting environment, and impacts on the efficiency of movement making it more tiring. People with DCD are also sometimes excluded and teased because of their performance.
Research tells us that individuals with DCD are at increased risk of poor physical health outcomes that are commonly linked to inactivity. This includes an increased risk of poor physical fitness and being overweight. This increases the risk of medical conditions later in life, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
It is really important that physical activity be supported and encouraged in individuals with DCD from a young age. A crucial part of this is ensuring that a child with DCD can achieve early and continued success, by adapting tasks, working to a child’s strengths, and providing a greater level of support.