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The effects of introducing Tabata interval training and stability exercises to school children as a school-based intervention program
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sport Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5904-4428
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sport Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6653-3414
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, ISSN 0334-0139, E-ISSN 2191-0278Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Background Physical activities during leisure time as well as school hours have changed over the past few years, with adolescents being less physically active and adopting a sedentary lifestyle. Objective The overall objective of this mixed-methods study was to evaluate the feasibility of introducing a 4-min Tabata interval training into a lower secondary school context. A further aim was to evaluate the possible effects on: coordination, balance, and strength. Methods The study was conducted as an intervention study with a mixed-method approach. Forty-three children, aged 7-9 years, participated in the intervention group. Additionally, 13 children were recruited as a control group. The intervention itself was delivered by the teachers and was performed for 4-min every day in a classroom setting. All participants performed physical tests before and after the intervention period to evaluate the Tabata training. After the completion of the 6-week Tabata interval training, the four teachers were interviewed. Results The push-ups (p = 0.004), kneeling push-ups (p = 0.03), and standing long jump (p = 0.01) improved in the intervention group after 6 weeks. No differences were observed between the genders. The teachers experienced that it worked well to integrate the Tabata interval training in the classroom setting. Conclusion After 6 weeks, a school-based Tabata intervention program improved physical performance. The teachers saw no obstacles in including the Tabata intervention program in a classroom setting and pointed out several positive aspects such as an increased energy level and development in the children's movement patterns.

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classroom exercise, exertion, physical activity, school exercise program
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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Social Sciences, Sport Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-69098DOI: 10.1515/ijamh-2017-0043PubMedID: 29168957OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-69098DiVA, id: diva2:1162956
Available from: 2017-12-05 Created: 2017-12-05 Last updated: 2018-12-07

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