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ERIC Number: ED529266
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 99
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1245-9448-4
Comparing the Effectiveness of Two Dance Game Interventions for Increasing Physical Movement and Intensity
Tarbay, Joshua J.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
The problem addressed in this study was the increasing number of overweight and obese children and the increased demand for cost-effective methods of combating this epidemic. One method used to promote weight loss and to increase movement levels and cardiovascular endurance among school-aged children, is the Konami [R] brand dancing game, Dance Dance Revolution [R] (DDR). The theoretical foundation, game object model version II, was used to justify DDR [R] as an acceptable educational tool. DDR [R] requires players to mimic onscreen arrows pointing either up, down, left, or right with foot taps on an interactive dancing platform typically costing $50.00 and up. This study investigated whether dancing on or around a simple rubber floor spot (costing $4.00) could stimulate as much movement and workout intensity as the interactive, virtual dancing platform. This study used 100 volunteer participants, ages 18-25 years, recruited from a southern state college's physical education department. The 100 participants were divided into two groups: A DDR [R] interactive dancing pad group and a rubber floor spot group. Movement (pedometer scores) and intensity levels (mean heart rate increases) of the two groups while dancing were compared using independent samples "t"-tests. The results indicated no significant difference between the groups in mean heart rate or mean total steps taken. Implications for social change include evidence supporting the use of a less expensive movement intervention to increase movement and heart rate which could help reduce childhood overweight and obesity. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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