Day-to-day and seasonal variability of physical activity during school recess

Ridgers, Nicola D., Stratton, Gareth, Clark, Emily, Fairclough, Stuart J. and Richardson, David J. 2006, Day-to-day and seasonal variability of physical activity during school recess, Preventive medicine, vol. 42, no. 5, pp. 372-374, doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2006.01.017.

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Title Day-to-day and seasonal variability of physical activity during school recess
Author(s) Ridgers, Nicola D.ORCID iD for Ridgers, Nicola D.
Stratton, Gareth
Clark, Emily
Fairclough, Stuart J.
Richardson, David J.
Journal name Preventive medicine
Volume number 42
Issue number 5
Start page 372
End page 374
Publisher Elsevier Inc.
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2006-05
ISSN 0091-7435
Keyword(s) children
physical activity variability
Summary Objective : Children's physical activity levels are difficult to establish on a day-to-day or season-to-season basis. Most studies have attempted to measure reliability in habitual settings. This study investigated the variability in children's physical activity during recess.

Methods :
Fifteen boys and 19 girls (aged 6 to 11 years) from 2 schools in North West England wore heart rate monitors for 5 consecutive days in summer and winter terms to assess day-to-day and seasonal variability during school recess. Data were collected in 2004. Repeated measures ANOVA's and intraclass correlations (ICC) analysed the day-to-day and seasonal variability in children's moderate-to-vigorous (MVPA) and vigorous physical activity (VPA) data.

Results : There were no significant differences in children's MVPA and VPA across days and seasons. ICCs for MVPA across 2 days ranged from 0.75 to 0.85 in summer, and from 0.53 to 0.81 in winter. Three-day MVPA ICCs were 0.83 in summer and 0.71 in winter.

Conclusions : The results revealed no significant variation in children's recess physical activity levels across days and seasons. Whilst children were free to choose their recess activities in school, the results suggested that children were relatively consistent in their choices, limiting physical activity variability.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2006.01.017
Field of Research 110602 Exercise Physiology
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Elsevier Inc.
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