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Promoting Fundamental movement skill development and physical activity in early childhood settings : a cluster randomized controlled trial

Jones, Rachel A., Riethmuller, Annaleise, Hesketh, Kylie, Trezise, Jillian, Batterham, Marijka and Okely, Anthony D. 2011, Promoting Fundamental movement skill development and physical activity in early childhood settings : a cluster randomized controlled trial, Pediatric exercise science, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 600-615.

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Title Promoting Fundamental movement skill development and physical activity in early childhood settings : a cluster randomized controlled trial
Author(s) Jones, Rachel A.
Riethmuller, Annaleise
Hesketh, Kylie
Trezise, Jillian
Batterham, Marijka
Okely, Anthony D.
Journal name Pediatric exercise science
Volume number 23
Issue number 4
Start page 600
End page 615
Publisher Human Kinetices
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2011-11
ISSN 0899-8493
1543-2920
Summary The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility, acceptability and potential efficacy of a physical activity program for preschool children. A 20-week, 2-arm parallel cluster randomized controlled pilot trial was conducted. The intervention comprised structured activities for children and professional development for staff. The control group participated in usual care activities, which included designated inside and outside playtime. Primary outcomes were movement skill development and objectively measured physical activity. At follow-up, compared with children in the control group, children in the intervention group showed greater improvements in movement skill proficiency, with this improvement statically significant for overall movement skill development (adjust diff. = 2.08, 95% CI 0.76, 3.40; Cohen’s d = 0.47) and significantly greater increases in objectively measured physical activity (counts per minute) during the preschool day (adjust diff. = 110.5, 95% CI 33.6, 187.3; Cohen’s d = 0.46). This study demonstrates that a physical activity program implemented by staff within a preschool setting is feasible, acceptable and potentially efficacious.
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Language eng
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Human Kinetics
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