Modifying middle school physical education: Piloting strategies to increase physical activity

Russell Jago, Robert G. McMurray, Stanley Bassin, Laura Pyle, Steve Bruecker, John M. Jakicic, Esther Moe, Tinker Murray, Stella L. Volpe

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Abstract

Two pilot studies were conducted to examine whether 6th grade students can achieve moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) from 1) activity-based physical education (AB-PE) with 585 participants and 2) a curricular-based (CB-PE) program with 1,544 participants and randomly sampled heart rates during lessons. AB-PE participants spent between 54-66% with a heart rate >140 bpm. CB-PE participants spent between 49-58% with a heart rate >140 bpm. Girls' mean heart rate was 3.7 bpm lower than the boys. PE can be readily modified so that students spend more than 50% of time in MVPA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-185
Number of pages15
JournalPediatric Exercise Science
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2009

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Jago, R., McMurray, R. G., Bassin, S., Pyle, L., Bruecker, S., Jakicic, J. M., Moe, E., Murray, T., & Volpe, S. L. (2009). Modifying middle school physical education: Piloting strategies to increase physical activity. Pediatric Exercise Science, 21(2), 171-185. https://doi.org/10.1123/pes.21.2.171