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Active video games for youth : a systematic review

Barnett, Anthony, Cerin, Ester and Baranowski, Tom 2011, Active video games for youth : a systematic review, Journal of physical activity and health, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 724-737.

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Title Active video games for youth : a systematic review
Author(s) Barnett, Anthony
Cerin, Ester
Baranowski, Tom
Journal name Journal of physical activity and health
Volume number 8
Issue number 5
Start page 724
End page 737
Total pages 14
Publisher Human Kinetics
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2011-07
ISSN 1543-3080
1543-5474
Keyword(s) energy expenditure
physical activity
maintenance
obesity
enjoyment
sedentary
Summary Background: A population level increase in physical activity (PA) is critical to reduce obesity in youth. Video games are highly popular and active video games (AVGs) have the potential to play a role in promoting youth PA.

Method: Studies on AVG play energy expenditure (EE) and maintenance of play in youth were systematically identified in the published literature and assessed for quality and informational value.

Results: Nine studies measuring AVG play EE were identified. The meta-analytic estimates of average METs across these studies were 3.1 (95% CI: 2.6, 3.6) to 3.2 (95% CI: 2.7, 3.7). No games elicited an average EE above the 6 MET threshold for vigorous EE. Observed differences between studies were likely due to the different types of games used, rather than age or gender. Four studies related to maintenance of play were identified. Most studies reported AVG use declined over time. Studies were of low-to-medium quality.

Conclusion: AVGs are capable of generating EE in youth to attain PA guidelines. Few studies have assessed sustainability of AVG play, which appears to diminish after a short period of time for most players. Better-quality future research must address how AVG play could be maintained over longer periods of time.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Human Kinetics
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055846

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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