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An internet-supported physical activity intervention delivered in secondary schools located in low socio-economic status communities : study protocol for the activity and motivation in physical education (AMPED) cluster randomized controlled trial

Lonsdale, Chris, Lester, Aidan, Owen, Katherine B., White, Rhiannon L., Moyes, Ian, Peralta, Louisa, Kirwan, Morwenna, Maeder, Anthony, Bennie, Andrew, MacMillan, Freya, Kolt, Gregory S., Ntoumanis, Nikos, Gore, Jennifer M., Cerin, Ester, Diallo, Thierno M. O., Cliff, Dylan P. and Lubans, David R. 2016, An internet-supported physical activity intervention delivered in secondary schools located in low socio-economic status communities : study protocol for the activity and motivation in physical education (AMPED) cluster randomized controlled trial, BMC public health, vol. 16, no. 17, pp. 1-17, doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2583-7.

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Title An internet-supported physical activity intervention delivered in secondary schools located in low socio-economic status communities : study protocol for the activity and motivation in physical education (AMPED) cluster randomized controlled trial
Author(s) Lonsdale, Chris
Lester, Aidan
Owen, Katherine B.
White, Rhiannon L.
Moyes, Ian
Peralta, Louisa
Kirwan, Morwenna
Maeder, Anthony
Bennie, Andrew
MacMillan, Freya
Kolt, Gregory S.
Ntoumanis, Nikos
Gore, Jennifer M.
Cerin, Ester
Diallo, Thierno M. O.
Cliff, Dylan P.
Lubans, David R.
Journal name BMC public health
Volume number 16
Issue number 17
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1471-2458
Keyword(s) physical activity
teacher professional development
web 2.0
online
mobile application
app
Summary BACKGROUND: School-based physical education is an important public health initiative as it has the potential to provide students with regular opportunities to participate in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA). Unfortunately, in many physical education lessons students do not engage in sufficient MVPA to achieve health benefits. In this trial we will test the efficacy of a teacher professional development intervention, delivered partially via the Internet, on secondary school students' MVPA during physical education lessons. Teaching strategies covered in this training are designed to (i) maximize opportunities for students to be physically active during lessons and (ii) enhance students' autonomous motivation towards physical activity. METHOD: A two-arm cluster randomized controlled trial with allocation at the school level (intervention vs. usual care control). Teachers and Year 8 students in government-funded secondary schools in low socio-economic areas of the Western Sydney region of Australia will be eligible to participate. During the main portion of the intervention (6 months), teachers will participate in two workshops and complete two implementation tasks at their school. Implementation tasks will involve video-based self-reflection via the project's Web 2.0 platform and an individualized feedback meeting with a project mentor. Each intervention school will also complete two group peer-mentoring sessions at their school (one per term) in which they will discuss implementation with members of their school physical education staff. In the booster period (3 months), teachers will complete a half-day workshop at their school, plus one online implementation task, and a group mentoring session at their school. Throughout the entire intervention period (main intervention plus booster period), teachers will have access to online resources. Data collection will include baseline, post-intervention (7-8 months after baseline) and maintenance phase (14-15 months after baseline) assessments. Research assistants blinded to group allocation will collect all data. The primary outcome will be the proportion of physical education lesson time that students spend in MVPA. Secondary outcomes will include leisure-time physical activity, subjective well-being, and motivation towards physical activity.
DISCUSSION: The provision of an online training platform for teachers could help facilitate more widespread dissemination of evidence-based interventions compared with programs that rely exclusively on face-to-face training.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/s12889-015-2583-7
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083312

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