Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Restricting Opportunities to Be Active during a School Day: Do Children Compensate by Increasing Physical Activity Levels after School?

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Restricting Opportunities to Be Active during a School Day: Do Children Compensate by Increasing Physical Activity Levels after School?

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Darren Dale, Purdue University, and Charles B. Corbin, Arizona State University

Recent physical activity guidelines indicate children receive numerous health benefits from being physically active for at least 60 min each day. Yet opportunities for children to participate in activity during the school day are limited and are becoming increasingly so. This study is the first of its kind to assess the influence of a sedentary school day on the after-school activity behaviors of children. The specific purpose was to determine if children would compensate for school days (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) of restricted physical activity opportunities by increasing activity during after-school time (3 p.m.-7:30 p.m.). Third and fourth grade children (N = 76) each wore a GSA accelerometer for 4 nonconsecutive school days. The following conditions were created. Two days were categorized as ACTIVE--during school all children participated in outdoor morning and lunch recess and physical education class. Two days were categorized as RESTRICTED--all children spent their recess time indoors at a computer terminal, and no physical education class was scheduled. …

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