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ERIC Number: EJ943968
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0268-1153
"Physical Education Makes You Fit and Healthy". Physical Education's Contribution to Young People's Physical Activity Levels
Fairclough, S.; Stratton, G.
Health Education Research, v20 n1 p14-23 Feb 2005
The purpose of this study was to assess physical activity levels during high school physical education lessons. The data were considered in relation to recommended levels of physical activity to ascertain whether or not physical education can be effective in helping young people meet health-related goals. Sixty-two boys and 60 girls (aged 11-14 years) wore heart rate telemeters during physical education lessons. Percentages of lesson time spent in moderate-and-vigorous (MVPA) and vigorous intensity physical activity (VPA) were recorded for each student. Students engaged in MVPA and VPA for 34.3 plus or minus 21.8 and 8.3 plus or minus 11.1% of lesson time, respectively. This equated to 17.5 plus or minus 12.9 (MVPA) and 3.9 plus or minus 5.3 (VPA) min. Boys participated in MVPA for 39.4 plus or minus 19.1% of lesson time compared to the girls (29.1 plus or minus 23.4%; P less than 0.01). High-ability students were more active than the average- and low-ability students. Students participated in most MVPA during team games (43.2 plus or minus 19.5%; P less than 0.01), while the least MVPA was observed during movement activities (22.2 plus or minus 20.0%). Physical education may make a more significant contribution to young people's regular physical activity participation if lessons are planned and delivered with MVPA goals in mind. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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