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Correlates of Pedometer determined physical activity in 4- 5 year old children

Drummy, Claire, Breslin, Gavin, Davison, Gareth, McKee, David and Murphy, Marie (2014) Correlates of Pedometer determined physical activity in 4- 5 year old children. Journal of Sport and Health Research, 6 (1). pp. 75-86. [Journal article]

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to establish the correlates of PA in children who are physically active andmeeting the current physical activity guidelines for health. Despite the increasing recognition of thehealth benefits associated with regular physical activity (PA) many children do not meet the currentPA recommendations for health. By identifying the correlates of PA in the first year at school moreinformed interventions to encourage active behaviours for children could be achieved. Methods. A sample of 102 school children (55 boys; 47 girls) aged 4-5 years wore a sealed pedometer for 6 consecutive days to measure mean daily step counts and parents completed the Northern Ireland Young Hearts Study questionnaire to assess correlates. Results. Boys performed more steps per week day (14,331) than girls (12,631) (p≤.0.05), no significant differences were found at weekends. Of the sample, 34.9% of boys and 48% of girls met or exceeded the recommended number of steps per day required for health. Time spent outdoors was positively correlated with PA, while the amount of television viewing by parental report was negatively correlated. Discussion/Conclusions. Interventions aimed at increasing PA for children should consider gender as boys are more active than girls but more boys fail to meet the steps per day recommendations for health. Also reducing television viewing time and increasing time spent outdoors should be considered.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Physical Activity and Health
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sports Science and Sports Medicine
ID Code:28783
Deposited By: Dr Gavin Breslin
Deposited On:03 Mar 2014 11:08
Last Modified:03 Mar 2014 11:08

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