Energy cost of free-play activities in 10- to 11-year-old children

Mackintosh, Kelly A., Ridley, Kate, Stratton, Gareth and Ridgers, Nicola D. 2016, Energy cost of free-play activities in 10- to 11-year-old children, Journal of physical activity and health, vol. 13, no. 6, Supplement 1, pp. S71-S74, doi: 10.1123/jpah.2015-0709.

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Title Energy cost of free-play activities in 10- to 11-year-old children
Author(s) Mackintosh, Kelly A.
Ridley, Kate
Stratton, Gareth
Ridgers, Nicola D.ORCID iD for Ridgers, Nicola D.
Journal name Journal of physical activity and health
Volume number 13
Issue number 6, Supplement 1
Start page S71
End page S74
Total pages 4
Publisher Human Kinetics
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2016-06
ISSN 1543-3080
Keyword(s) youth
physical activity
Summary OBJECTIVE: This study sought to ascertain the energy expenditure (EE) associated with different sedentary and physically active free-play activities in primary school-aged children.

METHODS: Twenty-eight children (13 boys; 11.4 ± 0.3 years; 1.45 ± 0.09 m; 20.0 ± 4.7 kg∙m-2) from 1 primary school in Northwest England engaged in 6 activities representative of children's play for 10 minutes (drawing, watching a DVD, playground games and free-choice) and 5 minutes (self-paced walking and jogging), with 5 minutes rest between each activity. Gas exchange variables were measured throughout. Resting energy expenditure was measured during 15 minutes of supine rest.

RESULTS: Child (Schofield-predicted) MET values for watching a DVD, self-paced jogging and playing reaction ball were significantly higher for girls (P < .05).

CONCLUSION: Utilizing a field-based protocol to examine children's free-living behaviors, these data contribute to the scarcity of information concerning children's EE during play to update the Compendium of Energy Expenditures for Youth.
Language eng
DOI 10.1123/jpah.2015-0709
Field of Research 110602 Exercise Physiology
1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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