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Twelve-month effects of a playground intervention on children's morning and lunchtime recess physical activity levels

Ridgers, Nicola D., Fairclough, Stuart J. and Stratton, Gareth 2010, Twelve-month effects of a playground intervention on children's morning and lunchtime recess physical activity levels, Journal of physical activity & health, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 167-175.

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Title Twelve-month effects of a playground intervention on children's morning and lunchtime recess physical activity levels
Author(s) Ridgers, Nicola D.ORCID iD for Ridgers, Nicola D. orcid.org/0000-0001-5713-3515
Fairclough, Stuart J.
Stratton, Gareth
Journal name Journal of physical activity & health
Volume number 7
Issue number 2
Start page 167
End page 175
Total pages 9
Publisher Human Kinetics
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2010-03
ISSN 1543-3080
1543-5474
Keyword(s) school
heart rate
accelerometry
multilevel analysis
Summary Background: Recess is an opportunity for children to engage in daily physical activity. The aim of this study was to investigate the 12-month effects of a playground intervention on children’s moderate-to-vigorous (MVPA) and vigorous physical activity (VPA) during morning and lunchtime recess.

Methods: Four hundred and seventy children (232 boys, 238 girls) from 26 elementary schools participated in the study. Fifteen schools redesigned the playground environment using playground markings and physical structures. Eleven schools served as socioeconomic matched controls. Physical activity levels were quantified using heart rate and accelerometry at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months post-intervention. A 3-level (time, pupil, and school) multilevel analysis was used to determine the effects of the intervention across time on MVPA and VPA.

Results: Positive yet nonsignificant intervention effects were found for MVPA and VPA during morning and lunchtime recess. Intervention children were more active during recess than control children. Interactions revealed that the intervention effect was stronger at 6 months than 12 months post-intervention.

Conclusions: A playground markings and physical structures intervention had a positive effect on intervention children’s morning and lunchtime MVPA and VPA when assessed using heart rate and accelerometry, but this effect is strongest 6-months post-intervention and decreased between 6 months and 12 months.
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Language eng
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Human Kinetics, Inc.
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