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ERIC Number: EJ807569
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Are Sports and Games Effective for Fitness and Weight Control?
Berg, Kris
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v79 n5 p13-17 May-Jun 2008
Although traditional aerobic activities such as running, cycling, and swimming may effectively increase activity and aerobic fitness, they may not be suitable or attractive for many people who would rather participate in sports and games. However, some HPER professionals believe that sports and games are not as effective for fitness and weight management because of the presumption that they expend less energy. Until recently, the oxygen cost of sports and games could only be estimated; but technology now exists that directly and accurately measures the VO[subscript 2] of such activities. This article summarizes recent studies that have assessed the oxygen cost and energy expenditure of a variety of sports and games including tennis, racquetball, basketball, Tae Kwan Do, and volleyball. The average oxygen uptake in these activities was found to be similar to that of traditional aerobic activities such as running and cycling. Therefore, HPER professionals should continue advocating sports and games for aerobic fitness, weight management, and overall health, thereby motivating more people to be physically active. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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