Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
More options …

Human Movement

The Journal of University School of Physical Education, Wroclaw

4 Issues per year


CiteScore 2016: 0.41

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2016: 0.208
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2016: 0.230

Open Access
Online
ISSN
1899-1955
See all formats and pricing
More options …
Volume 11, Issue 1

Issues

The Impact of a School-Based Active Video Game Play Intervention on Children's Physical Activity During Recess

Michael Duncan / Victoria Staples
Published Online: 2010-07-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10038-009-0023-1

The Impact of a School-Based Active Video Game Play Intervention on Children's Physical Activity During Recess

Purpose. To assess physical activity levels during active video game play over time and compare this to ‘free play’ associated with recess activity in a sample of British primary school children over a 6-week period. Basic procedures. Thirty children (ages 10-11, 12 boys, 18 girls) from central England were randomly selected to participate in a 6 week, recess based, active video gaming intervention (n = 15) or act as controls (n = 15). Repeated measures analysis of covariance (controlling for body fatness) was used to examine any differences in physical activity, determined by pedometry and heart rate monitoring over time and between intervention and control groups. Main Findings. Children in the intervention accumulated significantly greater steps/day than the control group during the first week of the intervention. This pattern was reversed at the mid and end points of the intervention (p = .03). Irrespective of time point, children engaging in active video game play spent a lesser percentage of time engaged in MVPA than the controls undertaking ‘traditional’ recess activity (p = .0001). Conclusions. Active video game play does not appear to be a sustainable means to enhance children's physical activity. Although physical activity (steps/min) was greater on initial presentation of active video games compared to ‘traditional’ recess activity, this appears to be an acute effect.

Keywords: pedometer; heart rate monitoring; recess; steps; exergaming

  • Andersen, R. E., Crespo, C. J., Bartlett, S. J., Cheskin, L. J., Pratt, M., Relationship of physical activity and television watching with body weight and level of fatness among children. JAMA, 1998, 279 (12), 938-942.Google Scholar

  • Mota, J., Ribeiro, J. C., Santos, P. M., Gomes, H., Obesity, physical activity, computer use and TV viewing in Portuguese adolescents. Ped Exer Sci, 2006, 18 (1), 113-121.Google Scholar

  • Gard, M., Wright, J., The Obesity Epidemic, Science, Morality and Ideology. Routledge, London 2005.Google Scholar

  • Lanningham-Foster, L., Jensen, T. B., Foster, R. C., Redmond, A. B., Walker, B. A., Heinz, D. et al., Energy Expenditure of sedentary screen time compared with active screen time for children. Pediatrics, 2006,118 (6), e1831-e1835. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2006-1087.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Graves, L., Stratton, G., Ridgers, N. D., Cable, N. T., Comparison of energy expenditure in adolescents when playing new generation and sedentary computer games: cross sectional study. BMJ, 2007, 335 (7633), 1282-1284. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.39415.632951.80.Web of ScienceCrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • McDougall, J., Duncan, M. J., Children, Videogames and Physical Activity: An exploratory Study. Int J Disability Hum Dev, 2008, 7 (1), 89-94.Google Scholar

  • Jago, R., Watson, K., Baranowski, T., Zakeri, I., Yoo, S., Baranowski, J. et al., Pedometer reliability, validity and daily activity targets among 10- to 15-year-old boys. J. Sports Sci, 2006, 24, 241-251. DOI: 10.1080/02640410500141661.Google Scholar

  • Janz, K. F., Use of heart rate monitors to assess physical activity. In: Welk G. J. (ed.), Physical Activity Assessments for Health-Related Research. Human Kinetics, Champaign 2002, 143-161.Google Scholar

  • Ridgers, N. D., Stratton, G., Clark, E., Fairclough, S. J., Richardson, D. J., Day-to-day and seasonal variability of physical activity during school recess. Prev Med, 2006, 42 (5), 372-374. DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2006.01.017.PubMedCrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Jartti, L., Hakanen, M., Paakkunainen, U., Raittinen, P., Rönnemaa, T., Comparison of hand-to-leg and leg-to-leg bioelectric impedance devices in the assessment of body adiposity in prepubertal children. The STRIP study. Acta Paed, 2000, 89 (7), 781-786. DOI: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2000.tb00385.x.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Goss, F., Robertson, R., Williams, A., Sward, K., Abt, K., Ladewig, M. et al., A comparison of skinfolds and leg-to-leg bioelectrical impedance for the assessment of body composition in children. Dyn Med, 2003, 2, 5. DOI: 10.1186/1476-5918-2-5.PubMedCrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Verstraete, S. J. M., Cardon, G. M., De Clercq, D. L. R., De Bourdeaudhuij I. M. M., Increasing children's physical activity levels during recess periods in elementary schools: The effects of providing game equipment. Eur J Pub Health, 2006, 16 (4), 415-419. DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckl008.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Sell, K., Lillie, T., Taylor, J., Energy expenditure during physically interactive video game playing in male college students with different playing experience. J Am Coll Health, 2008, 56 (5), 505-511. DOI: 10.3200/JACH.56.5.505-512.Web of SciencePubMedCrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Gladwell, M., Outliers: The Story of Success. Penguin, London 2009.Google Scholar

About the article


Published Online: 2010-07-30

Published in Print: 2010-06-01


Citation Information: Human Movement, Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 95–99, ISSN (Online) 1899-1955, ISSN (Print) 1732-3991, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10038-009-0023-1.

Export Citation

This content is open access.

Citing Articles

Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.

[1]
Yolanda Escalante, Antonio García-Hermoso, Karianne Backx, and Jose M. Saavedra
Health Education & Behavior, 2014, Volume 41, Number 2, Page 138
[2]
Allana G. LeBlanc, Jean-Philippe Chaput, Allison McFarlane, Rachel C. Colley, David Thivel, Stuart J. H. Biddle, Ralph Maddison, Scott T. Leatherdale, Mark S. Tremblay, and C. Mary Schooling
PLoS ONE, 2013, Volume 8, Number 6, Page e65351
[3]
Srikant Vallabhajosula, Jessica B. Holder, and Elizabeth K. Bailey
Games for Health Journal, 2016, Volume 5, Number 5, Page 325
[4]
Ainara Garde, Aryannah Umedaly, Sayed Mazdak Abulnaga, Anne Junker, Jean Pierre Chanoine, Mika Johnson, John Mark Ansermino, and Guy Albert Dumont
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 2016, Volume 19, Number 3, Page 186
[5]
Tom Baranowski, Fran Blumberg, Richard Buday, Ann DeSmet, Lynn E. Fiellin, C. Shawn Green, Pamela M. Kato, Amy Shirong Lu, Ann E. Maloney, Robin Mellecker, Brooke A. Morrill, Wei Peng, Ross Shegog, Monique Simons, Amanda E. Staiano, Debbe Thompson, and Kimberly Young
Games for Health Journal, 2016, Volume 5, Number 1, Page 1
[6]
Stacey A. Reading and Karel Prickett
Games for Health Journal, 2013, Volume 2, Number 3, Page 166
[7]
Brian J. Kooiman and Dwayne P. Sheehan
Loisir et Société / Society and Leisure, 2015, Volume 38, Number 1, Page 55
[8]
Monique Simons, Lex Opdam, and Pepijn van Empelen
Games for Health Journal, 2013, Volume 2, Number 6, Page 332
[9]
Yan Liang and Patrick W.C. Lau
Games for Health Journal, 2014, Volume 3, Number 3, Page 122
[10]
Tom Baranowski, Ralph Maddison, Ann Maloney, Ernie Medina, and Monique Simons
Games for Health Journal, 2014, Volume 3, Number 2, Page 72
[11]
[12]
Heather Erwin, Ryann Koufoudakis, and Aaron Beighle
Journal of School Health, 2013, Volume 83, Number 5, Page 322
[13]
Denis Pasco, Cyril Bossard, Cédric Buche, and Gilles Kermarrec
Sport Science Review, 2011, Volume XX, Number 1-2
[14]
Yolanda Demetriou and Oliver Höner
Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 2012, Volume 13, Number 2, Page 186
[15]
Michael J. Duncan, Samantha Birch, Lorayne Woodfield, and Joanne Hankey
Medicina Sportiva, 2011, Volume 15, Number 2, Page 81

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in