School-based physical activity intervention for older adolescents: rationale and study protocol for the Burn 2 Learn cluster randomised controlled trial

Leahy, Angus A., Eather, Narelle, Smith, Jordan J., Hillman, Charles, Morgan, Philip J., Nilsson, Michael, Lonsdale, Chirs, Plotnikoff, Ronald C., Noetel, Michael, Holliday, Elizabeth, Shigeta, Tatsuya T., Costigan, Sarah A., Walker, Frederick R., Young, Sarah, Valkenborghs, Sarah R., Gyawali, Prajwal, Harris, Nigel, Kennedy, Sarah G. and Lubans, David R. 2019, School-based physical activity intervention for older adolescents: rationale and study protocol for the Burn 2 Learn cluster randomised controlled trial, BMJ open, vol. 9, no. 5, doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026029.

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Title School-based physical activity intervention for older adolescents: rationale and study protocol for the Burn 2 Learn cluster randomised controlled trial
Author(s) Leahy, Angus A.
Eather, Narelle
Smith, Jordan J.
Hillman, Charles
Morgan, Philip J.
Nilsson, Michael
Lonsdale, Chirs
Plotnikoff, Ronald C.
Noetel, Michael
Holliday, Elizabeth
Shigeta, Tatsuya T.
Costigan, Sarah A.ORCID iD for Costigan, Sarah A.
Walker, Frederick R.
Young, Sarah
Valkenborghs, Sarah R.
Gyawali, Prajwal
Harris, Nigel
Kennedy, Sarah G.
Lubans, David R.
Journal name BMJ open
Volume number 9
Issue number 5
Total pages 14
Publisher BMJ Publishing
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2019-05
ISSN 2044-6055
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Medicine, General & Internal
General & Internal Medicine
behaviour change
physical activity
physical fitness
resistance training
Summary © Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2019. Re-use permitted under CC BY-NC. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ. Introduction This trial aims to investigate the impact of a school-based physical activity programme, involving high-intensity interval training (HIIT), on the physical, mental and cognitive health of senior school students. Methods and analysis The Burn 2 Learn (B2L) intervention will be evaluated using a two-arm parallel group cluster randomised controlled trial with allocation occurring at the school level (to treatment or wait-list control). Schools will be recruited in two cohorts from New South Wales, Australia. The trial will aim to recruit ∼720 senior school students (aged 16-18 years) from 20 secondary schools (ie, 10 schools per cohort). A range of implementation strategies will be provided to teachers (eg, training, equipment and support) to facilitate the delivery of HIIT sessions during scheduled classes. In phase I and II (3 months each), teachers will facilitate the delivery of at least two HIIT sessions/week during lesson-time. In phase III (6 months), students will be encouraged to complete sessions outside of lesson-time (teachers may continue to facilitate the delivery of B2L sessions during lesson-time). Study outcomes will be assessed at baseline, 6 months (primary end point) and 12 months. Cardiorespiratory fitness (shuttle run test) is the primary outcome. Secondary outcomes include: vigorous physical activity, muscular fitness, cognition and mental health. A subsample of students will (i) provide hair samples to determine their accumulated exposure to stressful events and (ii) undergo multimodal MRI to examine brain structure and function. A process evaluation will be conducted (ie, recruitment, retention, attendance and programme satisfaction). Ethics and dissemination This study has received approval from the University of Newcastle (H-2016-0424) and the NSW Department of Education (SERAP: 2017116) human research ethics committees. Trial registration number ACTRN12618000293268; Pre-results.
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-026029
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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