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Exploring the seasonal influences on elementary schoolchildren\u27s enjoyment of physical activity during school breaks

By Brendon P Hyndman, Barbara Chancellor and Leanne Lester

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the seasonal influences on elementary school children\u27s enjoyment of physical activity during school breaks. Methods: The Lunchtime Enjoyment of Activity and Play (LEAP) questionnaire and Physical Activity Children\u27s Enjoyment Scale (PACES) were used to measure children\u27s (N = 80) enjoyment of physical activity longitudinally during school breaks over 4 time points. Separate mixed regression models determined whether children\u27s enjoyment differed by sex and over time. Results: Children\u27s enjoyment of physical activity during school breaks was significantly higher in March (autumn in the southern hemisphere) in comparison with time points later in the school year. Conclusions: The findings suggest strategies could be implemented by schools to maintain and enhance children\u27s enjoyment of physical activity during school breaks later in the year

Topics: Elementary school, enjoyment, physical activity, playgrounds, recess, social-ecological model, Education
Publisher: ePublications@SCU
Year: 2015
OAI identifier: oai:epubs.scu.edu.au:educ_pubs-2492
Provided by: ePublications@SCU
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