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Levels of Physical Activity during Physical Education lessons in Sweden
University of Gothenburg.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sport Science. University of Gothenburg. (Kidscape II)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9476-9512
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sport Science. Karolinska Institutet. (Kidscape II)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3030-6716
University of Gothenburg.
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2017 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 106, no 1, p. 135-141Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIM:

The aim of this study was to measure the percentage of sedentary light and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (%MVPA) provided by physical education (PE) lessons for Swedish second, fifth and eighth grade students, aged eight, 11 and 14.

METHODS:

We observed 39 PE lessons and divided them into seven lesson categories: ball play, ball games, dance, fitness, playing games, orienteering and gymnastics. Physical activity (PA) during PE was estimated using accelerometers and the height and weight of the children were measured.

RESULTS:

We studied 149 children: 63 in the second grade, 66 in the fifth grade and 19 in the eighth grade. On average, 25% of the PE lessons were spent in MVPA and the mean %MVPA varied with the lesson content, with fitness, orienteering and playing games being the most intense. The highest %MVPA was in the fitness category, providing 33% (8-62%) for girls and 37% (7-72%) for boys. With the exception of the second grade, no significant gender differences in %MVPA were seen.

CONCLUSION:

The content of Swedish PE lessons affected the %MVPA in all age groups. In some content, individuals reached two-thirds of their daily PA recommendations, highlighting the potential that PE contributes to public health goals.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2017. Vol. 106, no 1, p. 135-141
Keywords [en]
Accelerometers, physical activity intensity, physical education, schoolchildren, World Health Organization recommendations
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Social Sciences, Sport Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-55710DOI: 10.1111/apa.13551ISI: 000390597700026PubMedID: 27537369OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-55710DiVA, id: diva2:954619
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Kidscape II
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2011 FORMAS 2010-5217-16856-42Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports
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Fröberg A and Raustorp A Equal contributor as first authors.

Available from: 2016-08-23 Created: 2016-08-23 Last updated: 2017-11-28Bibliographically approved

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