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Setting them up for lifetime activity: play competence perceptions and physical activity in young children

Barnett, Lisa M., Ridgers, Nicola D., Hesketh, Kylie and Salmon, Jo 2017, Setting them up for lifetime activity: play competence perceptions and physical activity in young children, Journal of science and medicine in sport, pp. 1-5, doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2017.03.003.

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Title Setting them up for lifetime activity: play competence perceptions and physical activity in young children
Author(s) Barnett, Lisa M.ORCID iD for Barnett, Lisa M.
Ridgers, Nicola D.ORCID iD for Ridgers, Nicola D.
Hesketh, Kylie
Salmon, JoORCID iD for Salmon, Jo
Journal name Journal of science and medicine in sport
Start page 1
End page 5
Total pages 5
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2017-03-21
ISSN 1878-1861
Keyword(s) Child
Motor perceptions
Movement skill
Object control
Summary OBJECTIVES: Possessing positive physical perceived competence is important for physical activity in older children. Young children are primarily physically active through play-based behaviour rather than through organised sports and activities, so understanding how play perceptions might influence physical activity behaviour is important. The study purpose was to assess if perceived active play competence is associated with young children's physical activity. DESIGN: Cross sectional study. METHODS: This paper uses two different samples drawn from the same Australian city, both collected in 2013. The first sample included 152 children (49% boys) aged 4-5 years (M=4.7, SD=0.47), the second sample included 78 children (55% boys) aged 5-8 years (M=6.6, SD=0.93). The Pictorial Scale of Perceived Movement Skill Competence was used to assess children's perceived competence in six skill-related play activities. Moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity (MVPA) was assessed for 8 consecutive days via accelerometers. A general linear model with the mean minutes in MVPA per day as the outcome, perceived play competence as the independent variable and adjusting for relevant confounders was performed in each sample. RESULTS: Perceived active play competence was not related to MVPA min/day (B=0.44, p=0.323) in the younger sample, but was in the older sample (B=1.53, p=0.026), explaining 24% of adjusted variance. CONCLUSIONS: Positive findings in the older sample show school-aged children need exposure to play based activities in order to develop the positive self-perception needed to engage in MVPA every day.
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Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2017.03.003
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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