2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Elementary School Students' Level of Physical Activity During Recess
Megan E. Temme* and Julie M. Hasken
Dr. Carol Cox, Faculty Mentor

National guidelines recommend accumulation of at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day for students. Since school recess provides scheduled periods of time to accumulate some of these much-needed minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity, the purpose of this study was to determine the proportion of elementary students in a rural, northeast Missouri school district who were physically active at the intensity level recommended by the national guidelines during their recess periods. A modified version of the System for Observing Play and Leisure Activity in Youth (SOPLAY) was used to collect observational data on the number of students, their gender, and their physical activity intensity levels in defined areas of the playground during recess. Overall, the majority of students seemed to meet the guidelines for moderate to vigorous physical activity levels during recess.

Keywords: Physical Activity, Elementary Students, Recess

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 25-3
Location: VH 1000
Time: 10:00

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