ERIC Number: EJ1026810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
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Sports Game Play: A Comparison of Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activities in Adolescents
Patience, Marcia A.; Kilpatrick, Marcus W.; Sun, Haichun; Flory, Sara B.; Watterson, Thomas A.
Journal of School Health, v83 n11 p818-823 Nov 2013
Background: Research suggests participation in sports is an important contributor to overall adolescent physical activity (PA). Sports play has become increasingly important in physical education (PE) classes as a means for promoting healthful and enjoyable PA. Research is needed that investigates physiological and perceptual responses to sport play. Methods: We studied 101 (55 males; 46 females, age 11-14) students who participated in flag football (FF), basketball (BB), and flag rugby (FR). Activity counts were collected using accelerometers. Perceived competence and enjoyment were measured using the intrinsic motivation inventory. Results: Each sport activity produced acceptable levels of activity and positive perceptual responses, but differences among sports were noted. Accelerometry data indicated that FR and BB were more intense than FF (p <?0.001). Perceptual data indicated participation in FR elicited higher perceptions of competence and greater enjoyment when compared to FF and BB (p <?0.001). Conclusions: Participation in sport activity within middle school PE classes provides excellent opportunities for energy expenditure and positive perceptual responses. Most importantly, FR provides an activity stimulus that has potential benefits both physiologically and psychologically.
Descriptors: Physical Activity Level, Athletics, Physical Education, Exercise Physiology, Team Sports, Measurement Equipment, Competence, Student Attitudes, Early Adolescents, Middle School Students, Psychological Patterns
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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