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Exploring the seasonal influences on elementary schoolchildren's enjoyment of physical activity during school breaks
Health Behavior and Policy Review
  • Brendon P Hyndman
  • Barbara Chancellor
  • Leanne Lester
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2015
Peer Reviewed
Peer-Reviewed
Abstract
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.
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Hyndman, BP, Chancellor, B & Lester, L 2015, 'Exploring the seasonal influences on elementary schoolchildren's enjoyment of physical activity during school breaks', Health Behavior and Policy Review, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 182-193.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.14485/HBPR.2.3.2