How physically active are boys and girls are during playtimes in primary school?
Howells, K. 2018. How physically active are boys and girls are during playtimes in primary school?
Children spend 20% of their whole school day in England during
This paper compares boys and girls and infants (6–7 years) and juniors (9–10 years) physical activity levels. Data were collected within a case study school setting over one school year. 20 children wore Actigraph accelerometers to record physical activity intensity levels. A repeated measures 3 factor ANOVA was used to analyse the effects of factors, P values of <0.05 were taken as the value for statistical significance. Statistical analysis was completed using SPSS 17.0.
Significant findings were found for boys being most active during playtimes. Junior boys were active at a moderate to vigorous level (MVPA) for 38% of the time whilst infant girls were only MVPA for 18% of the time. Children were static for between 33 and 46% of the time and that infants were static for the longest.
The paper proposes opportunities for improving MVPA of infants, including supporting infants who have not yet mastered the fine and gross motor skills involved in cutting up their lunch (Gallahue, 1996).
|Conference||7th International Society for Physical Activity and Health Congress|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||10 Oct 2018|
|Journal||Journal of Physical Activity and Health|
|Journal citation||15 (S1), pp. S154-S154|
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