This work was privately funded by Bay Area Pelicans under the direction of Rugby 4 Life and More Health Inc. Special thanks to the participants and volunteers of the study for dedicating time for the purpose of the project.
Sports Game Play: A Comparison of Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activities in Adolescents
Article first published online: 21 OCT 2013
© 2013, American School Health Association
Journal of School Health
Volume 83, Issue 11, pages 818–823, November 2013
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Sports game play: a comparison of moderate to vigorous physical activities in adolescents.., , , .
- Issue published online: 21 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 21 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 21 JUN 2012
- physical activity;
- middle school students;
Research suggests participation in sports is an important contributor to overall adolescent physical activity (PA). Sports play has become increasingly important in physical education (PE) classes as a means for promoting healthful and enjoyable PA. Research is needed that investigates physiological and perceptual responses to sport play.
We studied 101 (55 males; 46 females, age 11-14) students who participated in flag football (FF), basketball (BB), and flag rugby (FR). Activity counts were collected using accelerometers. Perceived competence and enjoyment were measured using the intrinsic motivation inventory.
Each sport activity produced acceptable levels of activity and positive perceptual responses, but differences among sports were noted. Accelerometry data indicated that FR and BB were more intense than FF (p < .001). Perceptual data indicated participation in FR elicited higher perceptions of competence and greater enjoyment when compared to FF and BB (p < .001).
Participation in sport activity within middle school PE classes provides excellent opportunities for energy expenditure and positive perceptual responses. Most importantly, FR provides an activity stimulus that has potential benefits both physiologically and psychologically.