Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Predicting Physical Activity and Fitness in Hispanic American Children

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Predicting Physical Activity and Fitness in Hispanic American Children

Article excerpt

Minority children are less likely to engage in nonschool moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and physical activity (PA) in physical education classes, and are less fit relative to Caucasian children. Clearly, understanding the determinants of physical activity and fitness among children from minority at-risk populations is important. Thus, the purpose of the current study was to examine the determinants of physical activity and fitness in inner city Hispanic Americans, the largest minority population in the U.S. Additionally, theory based physical activity and fitness related research on Hispanic-American children is sparse. Therefore, we evaluated the ability of the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) to predict Hispanic American children's self-reported moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and their cardiorespiratory fitness (CF). Children (N= 129, ages 9-12 years) completed questionnaires assessing the TPB constructs: intentions, attitudes, perceived behavioral control and subjective norm all in regard to MVPA. Students then completed a scale assessing MVPA and participated in the Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) test. …

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