Dance Interventions to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth: A Systematic Review

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Jennifer Robertson-Wilson
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Given the potential for dance to serve as a way to engage in physical activity, this review was undertaken to examine the use and effectiveness of physical activity interventions using dance among children and adolescents.Five databases were examined for dance-related physical activity interventions published between 2009–2016 fitting the inclusion criteria. Studies meeting the inclusion criteria were then evaluated for studyquality against the Effective Public Health Practice Project assessment tool (Thomas, Ciliska, Dobbins, & Micucci. 2004) and key study information was extracted. Thirteen papers detailing 11 interventions wereobtained. Intervention study quality was rated as weak (based on scoring) for all studies. Multiple forms of dance were used, including exergaming approaches. Four interventions yielded increases in physical activity(reported in six articles), four interventions were inconclusive, and three interventions produced nonstatistically significant findings. Further research is required in this area to determine the effects of dance interventionson physical activity among youth.

Robertson-Wilson is an associate professor of Kinesiology & Physical Education, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo,Ontario, Canada. Reinders is a PhD candidate of Kinesiology & Physical Education, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Bryden is a professor of Kinesiology &Physical Education, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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