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ERIC Number: EJ966115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
The Effect of Climbing Wall Use on the Grip Strength of Fourth-Grade Students
Lirgg, Cathy D.; Dibrezzo, Ro; Gray, Michelle; Esslinger, Travis
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v82 n2 p350-354 Jun 2011
Physical educators are challenged to provide quality experiences that are fun for their students, enhance fitness levels, and build confidence. These challenges are amplified with the current decrease in activity levels of American youth. A possible solution to enhancing physical activity engagement in children is to incorporate climbing walls into the school's physical education curriculum. The climbing wall has been touted as an effective and innovative way to help children reach their fitness goals (Kascenska, Dewitt, & Roberts, 1992). They can achieve these goals through fun climbing activities that elicit the development of all fitness-related components (Stiehel & Ramsey, 2005). Research suggests climbing improves muscular strength and endurance and cardiovascular function while also enhancing fine motor skills and strengthening the upper body and core. A longitudinal study also found traverse climbing to produce fewer injuries than playground equipment. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A