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ERIC Number: EJ852738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
Variability of Physical Activity Patterns by Type of Day and Season in 8-10-Year-Old Boys
Rowlands, Ann V.; Hughes, Dylan R.
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v77 n3 p391-395 Sep 2006
The aims of this study were to: (a) compare physical activity across two seasons and, within those seasons, across school and vacation time, and (b) compare the proportion of children meeting the activity thresholds recommended by Tudor-Locke et al. (2004) at each time point. Thirty-six boys, between the ages of 8 and 10 years (M age = 8.8 years, SD = 0.8; M height = 135.1 cm, SD = 7.3; M mass = 31.1 kg, SD = 5.9), from the Holy Trinity Church of England School in Surrey, UK, participated in this study. Results showed that physical activity was higher in the summer than in winter, predominantly due to the increased level of physical activity during the vacation period in the summer. Variability between measurement periods was high at the individual level. Consequently, whether children met activity thresholds depended on when the activity was assessed; less than half the children received the same classification regardless of when they were assessed. This has implications in regard to determining of whether children attain recommended activity levels. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)