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Playing outdoor and practising sport: A study of physical activity levels in Portuguese children

Silva, Paula et Santos, Maria Paula (2017). Playing outdoor and practising sport: A study of physical activity levels in Portuguese children. European Journal of Sport Science, 17 (2). pp. 208-214. ISSN 1746-1391 DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2016.1226389.

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AbstractIn outdoor activities, it seems reasonable that the longer children spend in spontaneous physical activity (PA), the higher the probability of being active. Indeed, the time spent outdoor has been identified as a variable consistently associated with the children?s PA. Outdoor playing, such as the organized sports practice, appears associated with healthier lifestyle standards. All the recommendations mention the importance of increasing daily PA practice in children and teenagers, but few studies highlight the relationship between outdoor play and the recommended PA levels. The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationships between the frequency of outdoor play, the frequency of the organized sports practice, and the compliance of the recommendations for PA practice in children in the inner city area of Porto. The sample of this study is composed of 422 individuals (mean age of 11.6 years). Two hundred and twenty-five of them were girls and 197 were boys from the sixth grade (elementary schools located in the inner city area of Porto). PA was objectively evaluated using accelerometers. Participants reported frequency of participation in different PA contexts, such as sports practice and outdoor play. The results show a predictor effect of participating in sports three or more times per week on compliance of PA guidelines.In conclusion, organized sports practice seems more effective than outdoor play to reach the recommended levels of PA in children.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: VAPEN Outdoor play Children Health-related Physical activity
Déposé par: Veille References
Date de dépôt: 09 mars 2017 13:42
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