Associations between organised sport participation and classroom behaviour outcomes among primary school-aged children

Watson, Amanda, Timperio, Anna, Brown, Helen, Hinkley, Trina and Hesketh, Kylie 2019, Associations between organised sport participation and classroom behaviour outcomes among primary school-aged children, PLoS one, vol. 14, no. 1, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0209354.

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Title Associations between organised sport participation and classroom behaviour outcomes among primary school-aged children
Author(s) Watson, Amanda
Timperio, AnnaORCID iD for Timperio, Anna orcid.org/0000-0002-8773-5012
Brown, HelenORCID iD for Brown, Helen orcid.org/0000-0002-5460-3654
Hinkley, TrinaORCID iD for Hinkley, Trina orcid.org/0000-0003-2742-8579
Hesketh, KylieORCID iD for Hesketh, Kylie orcid.org/0000-0002-2702-7110
Journal name PLoS one
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Article ID e0209354
Total pages 12
Publisher Public Library of Science
Place of publication San Francisco, Calif.
Publication date 2019
ISSN 1932-6203
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
QUALITY-OF-LIFE
POPULATION HEALTH MEASURE
PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY
ACADEMIC-ACHIEVEMENT
DIFFICULTIES QUESTIONNAIRE
FEASIBILITY
RELIABILITY
STRENGTHS
EXERCISE
SKILLS
Summary INTRODUCTION: Physical activity is positively associated with children's classroom behaviour. However, less is known about how different types of physical activity contribute to these outcomes. This study examines associations between sport participation and classroom behaviour among primary school-aged children. METHODS: Parents of 568 children aged 9-11 years reported child sport participation and classroom behaviour outcomes (school functioning, inattention, classroom behaviour (fidgetiness), acting without thinking and poor concentration). Sport participation included: duration (hours/week) and type (individual; team; team and individual). Regression analyses assessed associations between sport participation and classroom behaviour outcomes. Analyses adjusted for maternal education, and objectively-measured overall physical activity, and accounted for clustering by recruitment centre. Sex differences in associations were explored as a secondary aim. RESULTS: In comparison to children who did not participate in sport, children who participated in sport displayed less inattention/hyperactivity (individual sport: B = -1.00;95%CI:-1.90, -0.00; team sport:-0.88;95%CI:-1.73, -0.03) and less acting without thinking (individual sport: OR = 0.35;95%CI:0.13,0.98), after adjusting for overall physical activity. There were no sex differences in associations. CONCLUSIONS: Findings indicated sport participation, one form of physical activity, was associated with less inattention/hyperactivity and acting without thinking, over and above the influence of overall physical activity levels. Parents may consider sport as one way to contribute to their child's overall physical activity levels, although the impact of organised sport on classroom behaviour is modest at best.
Language eng
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0209354
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2019, Watson et al.
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