Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Effects of Wearing Heart Rate Monitors on Elementary Students' Activity Levels during a Team Handball Unit. (Pedagogy)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Effects of Wearing Heart Rate Monitors on Elementary Students' Activity Levels during a Team Handball Unit. (Pedagogy)

Article excerpt

Measurement of children's physical activity in the past decade has moved out of the laboratory and into the field. One of the most common field measures used by teachers and researchers is the heart rate monitor. These devices allow students to receive feedback and monitor their levels of physical activity in the form of heart rate measures. While it is common for teachers to use heart rate monitors during fitness units, it is less common to see them used during sports activities. We examined the question "Do heart rate monitors influence student activity levels when the focus of lesson objectives includes skill and tactical skill development in addition to maintaining moderate to vigorous physical activity for 50% of the lesson?" Data were collected using Computer Science Application (GSA) uniaxial accelerometers worn on the hip. Students in two elementary school classes, a composite third-fourth grade (girls, N= 3; boys, N = 2) and fifth grade (girls, N=3 3; boys, N= 3) participated in the study. Each class was located in a different school. Lessons were taught by two board-certified, experienced, master physical education teachers. During an 8-day team handball sport education unit, students wore heart rate monitors for 4 of the days. The days when students wore the heart rate monitors were randomly selected for each school. …

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