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Effects of a 15-week accumulated brisk walking programme on the body composition of primary school children

Effects of a 15-week accumulated brisk walking programme on the body composition of primary school children

Ford, Paul A., Perkins, Gill and Swaine, Ian (2012) Effects of a 15-week accumulated brisk walking programme on the body composition of primary school children. Journal of Sports Sciences, 31 (2). pp. 114-122. ISSN 0264-0414 (Print), 1466-447X (Online) (doi:10.1080/02640414.2012.723816)

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to establish whether an accumulated brisk walking programme, performed during the school day, is effective in changing body composition in primary school children aged 5–11 years. Altogether, 152 participants (79 boys and 73 girls) took part in this repeated-measures intervention study, divided into groups of walkers and controls. The walkers took part in the intervention during school time, which involved brisk walking around the school grounds for 15 min in the morning and afternoon, at least three times a week for 15 weeks. This represented an additional 90 min of moderate physical activity per week. The controls undertook their usual school day activities. Pre- and post-intervention anthropometric and body composition measures were taken. Body fat (−1.95 ± 2.6%) and fat mass (−0.49 ± 1.0 kg) were significantly reduced in the walkers after the intervention, whereas the controls showed no significant changes in these measures. Our results show that regular accumulated bouts of brisk walking during the school day can positively affect body composition in primary school children.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Journal of Sports Sciences is published on behalf of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Uncontrolled Keywords: body composition, physical activity, children
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Q Science > QP Physiology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:33
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13668

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