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Physical activity for children in special school environment

Sit, C.H.P., McKenzie, T.L., Cerin, E., McManus, A. and Lian, J. 2013, Physical activity for children in special school environment, Hong Kong medical journal, vol. 19, no. 3, Supplement 4, pp. S42-S44.

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Title Physical activity for children in special school environment
Author(s) Sit, C.H.P.
McKenzie, T.L.
Cerin, E.
McManus, A.
Lian, J.
Journal name Hong Kong medical journal
Volume number 19
Issue number 3
Season Supplement 4
Start page S42
End page S44
Total pages 3
Publisher Hong Kong Academy of Medicine & Hong Kong Medical Association
Place of publication Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Publication date 2013-06
ISSN 1024-2708
Keyword(s) physical education
children's physical activity
children with disabilities
special school
Summary  Key Messages
1. We assessed children’s physical activity (PA) in structured (physical education) and unstructured (recess, lunch, before and after school) periods in special schools 
and examined its association with modifiable area contextual characteristics.
2. Children with disabilities were not highly active, but were more active during recess and lunch periods than at other times including physical education classes.
3. Areas were often not accessible during unstructured settings. Children were more active in areas when supervision and organised activities were provided.
4. Providing an interactive game during free play did not significantly increase group’s PA.
5. Children’s PA accrual is influenced by contextual characteristics of the school environment. There is a need to make areas more accessible and to use social marketing and programming to attract more users. School and health professionals
should modify contextual characteristics by providing more direct supervision and organised activities during free play.
Language eng
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine & Hong Kong Medical Association
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30054895

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