Differences in physical activity during school recess

Ridgers, Nicola D., Saint-Maurice, Pedro F., Welk, Gregory J., Siahpush, Mohammad and Huberty, Jennifer 2011, Differences in physical activity during school recess, Journal of school health, vol. 81, no. 9, pp. 545-551.

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Title Differences in physical activity during school recess
Author(s) Ridgers, Nicola D.
Saint-Maurice, Pedro F.
Welk, Gregory J.
Siahpush, Mohammad
Huberty, Jennifer
Journal name Journal of school health
Volume number 81
Issue number 9
Start page 545
End page 551
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Place of publication Kent, OH.
Publication date 2011-09
ISSN 0022-4391
1746-1561
Keyword(s) child physical activity
playtime
freeplay
healthy school environment
Summary BACKGROUND: School recess provides a daily opportunity for physical activity engagement. The purpose of this study was to examine physical activity levels during recess by gender, ethnicity, and grade, and establish the contribution of recess to daily school physical activity levels.
METHODS: Two hundred and ten children (45% boys) from grades 3 to 6 in 4 elementary schools had their physical activity during school quantified using uni-axial accelerometry every 5 seconds for 5 consecutive school days. Data were collected in fall 2009. The proportion of time spent engaged in physical activity during daily school recess was determined using existing age-appropriate cutpoints. The relative contribution of recess to school day physical activity was also determined.
RESULTS: Boys were more active than girls during recess. Girls engaged in more sedentary activity than boys. No main effects for ethnicity were observed. Children in grades 3 and 5 were more active than children in grades 4 and 6. Recess contributed 17.9% and 15.5% toward boys’ and girls’ school day moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, respectively.
CONCLUSION: Children engaged in physical activity during recess, though interventions may be needed to increase the intensity of activity in this context.
Language eng
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920412 Preventive Medicine
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2011
Copyright notice ©2011, American School Health Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30036701

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