Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Measuring Physical Activity of Fifth-Grade Students Using Pedometers

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Measuring Physical Activity of Fifth-Grade Students Using Pedometers

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The purpose of this study was to determine the physical activity levels that students' acquire during recess, physical education, the school day, and the total day, measured by pedometers. Additionally, this study investigated whether there were gender differences among students regarding physical activity levels and if the physical activity engaged in during recess and physical education was of sufficient quantity to contribute to the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) standards for healthy living. The participants in this study were fifth-grade students in the Spring-Ford School District. Physical activity was measured using pedometers. Each student's steps were recorded at the start and end of the total day, the school day, recess, and the physical education class. The students wore the pedometers for three consecutive days. The dependent variables for this study were the steps recorded in recess, in physical education, in the school day and steps during the total day. The independent variables were gender and NASPE standards for physical activity. SPSS version 10 was used to analyze the data. Pearson correlations were computed between all variables. Analysis of variance was also computed. All data was confidential and no names were used. …

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