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Effects of Locomotor Skill Program on Minority Preschoolers’ Physical Activity Levels
Pediatric Exercise Science (2012)
  • Sofiya Alhassan, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • Ogechi Nwaokelemeh
  • Manneh Ghazarian
  • Jasmin Roberts
  • Albert Mendoza
  • Sanyog Shitole
This pilot study examined the effects of a teacher-taught, locomotor skill (LMS)- based physical activity (PA) program on the LMS and PA levels of minority preschooler-aged children. Eight low-socioeconomic status preschool classrooms were randomized into LMS-PA (LMS-oriented lesson plans) or control group (supervised free playtime). Interventions were delivered for 30 min/day, five days/ week for six months. Changes in PA (accelerometer) and LMS variables were assessed with MANCOVA. LMS-PA group exhibited a significant reduction in during-preschool (F (1,16) = 6.34, p = .02, d = 0.02) and total daily (F (1,16) = 9.78, p = .01, d = 0.30) percent time spent in sedentary activity. LMS-PA group also exhibited significant improvement in leaping skills, F (1, 51) = 7.18, p = .01, d = 0.80). No other, significant changes were observed. The implementation of a teacher-taught, LMS-based PA program could potentially improve LMS and reduce sedentary time of minority preschoolers.
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Sofiya Alhassan, Ogechi Nwaokelemeh, Manneh Ghazarian, Jasmin Roberts, et al.. "Effects of Locomotor Skill Program on Minority Preschoolers’ Physical Activity Levels" Pediatric Exercise Science Vol. 24 (2012)
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