Student Physical Activity Levels during a Season of Sport Education

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The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which sport education can provide students with sufficient opportunities for developing moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA). Nineteen seventh-grade boys (average age = 12.9 yrs.) participated in a 22-lesson season of floor hockey. For all students (both higher and lower skilled), students averaged a total of 31.6 min of MVPA during the season, or 63.2% of lesson time. Further, there was no significant difference according to skill level {33.4 min (Higher) vs. 30.4 min (Lower), nor were there any significant differences in MVPA levels across the phases of the season.

P.A. Hastie is with the Dept. of Health & Human Performance at Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849-5323. S.G. Trost is with the School of Human Movement Studies at The University of Queensland.

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