Pediatric Exercise Science (PES) is the official journal of NASPEM. PES is a journal committed to enriching the scientific knowledge of exercise during childhood and adolescence. To this end, it publishes information that contributes to an understanding of (a) the unique aspects of the physiologic, physical, biochemical, and psychologic responses of children to exercise, (b) the role of exercise in the treatment of pediatric chronic diseases, (c) the importance of physical activity in the prevention of illness and preservation of wellness, and (d) the means by which participation in sports may be made safer and more enjoyable for children and youth. Consideration will be given for publication of work by various methodologies consistent with the scientific approach.
Besides original research, the journal includes review articles, abstracts from other journals, book reviews, and editorial comments. PES encourages the expression of conflicting opinions regarding children and exercise by providing a forum for alternative viewpoints. At the same time, it serves as a means of accumulating a base of research information that will allow the application of experimental data to clinical practice. The scientific disciplines contributing to this body of knowledge are diverse. Therefore it is the purpose of this journal to provide a common focus for disseminating advances in the science of exercise during childhood. In doing so, the journal allows the opportunity for cross-fertilization of ideas between disciplines that will potentiate the growth of knowledge in this field. PES seeks to stimulate new ideas regarding exercise in children and to increase the awareness of scientists, health care providers, and physical educators about the importance of exercise during childhood.