Exploring the seasonal Influences on Elementary School children's Enjoyment of Physical Activity during School Breaks

Brendon Hyndman, Barbara Chancellor, Leanne Lester

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    Abstract

    Objectives: The purpose of this study was to explore the seasonal influences on elementary school children's enjoyment of physical activity during school breaks.

    Methods: The Lunchtime Enjoyment of Activity and Play (LEAP) questionnaire and Physical Activity Children's Enjoyment Scale (PACES) were used to measure children's (N = 80) enjoyment of physical activity longitudinally during school breaks over 4 time points. Separate mixed regression models determined whether children's enjoyment differed by sex and over time.

    Results: Children's enjoyment of physical activity during school breaks was significantly higher in March (autumn in the southern hemisphere) in comparison with time points later in the school year.

    Conclusions: The findings suggest strategies could be implemented by schools to maintain and enhance children's enjoyment of physical activity during school breaks later in the year.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)182-193
    Number of pages12
    JournalHealth Behavior and Policy Review
    Volume2
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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