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Pedometer-Determined Physical Activity of Youth while Attending School: A Review

Timothy A. Brusseau
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  • Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA
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/ James C. Hannon
  • Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA
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Published Online: 2013-12-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/ssr-2013-0016


This review examined the pedometer literature focused on youth physical activity while they attend school. 30 studies have been published since 2003 with youth accumulating between 2500-8100 steps/ day. Between 35-53% of youth habitual physical activity takes place during school hours. International youth tend to be more active than US youth, with boys accumulating greater steps/day than girls. Youth are also more active on physical education days.

Keywords: pedometer; youth physical activity

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About the article

Timothy A. Brusseau

Timothy A. BRUSSEAU, PhD is currently an assistant professor and director of sport pedagogy in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA where he has been for 2 years. He earned a PhD in Sport Pedagogy from Arizona State University. His research interests are related to youth physical activity and physical fitness measurement as well as school and communitybased physical activity interventions, specifically comprehensive school physical activity programming. He has published regularly in numerous kinesiology journals and is co-author of the widely used text Dynamic Physical Education for Secondary School Students and a 2013 Fellow in the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

James C. Hannon

James C. HANNON, PhD is currently an associate professor and department chair of exercise and sport science at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah (USA) where he has been for the last 10 years. He earned his Ph.D. in Physical Education Teacher Education at Florida State University. He began his research career examining various outcomes associated with coeducational versus single sexed PE settings, and physical activity and fitness measurement. His current research areas include comprehensive school physical activity and academic achievement in addition to physical activity and fitness measurment. He publishes regularly in kinesiology journals and presents at the American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance national conference and American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference. He can be contacted at: james.hannon@hsc.utah.edu

Published Online: 2013-12-31

Published in Print: 2013-12-01

Citation Information: Sport Science Review, ISSN (Online) 2069-7244, ISSN (Print) 2066-8732, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/ssr-2013-0016. Export Citation

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