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J Phys Act Health. 2008;5 Suppl 1:S90-7.

Differences in school-day patterns of daily physical activity in girls according to level of physical activity.

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  • 1Research Center of Physical Activity, Health and Leisure, Faculty of Sport Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The purpose of this study was to examine whether there are differences in physical activity (PA) during specific periods of the day among active and less-active girls.

METHODS:

The sample comprised 54 girls age 10 to 15 years. PA was assessed by accelerometry. Girls were grouped as less active, active, and highly active.

RESULTS:

Total minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) was significantly higher in more-active girls than in their less-active peers (113 and 72 min/d, respectively). The most-active groups were significantly more engaged in MVPA during the outside-of-school period than were less-active girls. Highly active girls spent a significantly higher amount of their MVPA time outside of school than did the less-active group, which spent a significantly higher proportion of MVPA time during late afternoon.

CONCLUSION:

Outside-of-school PA is a key point for MVPA engagement. Particularly for the less-active girls, however, schools might provide additional PA.

PMID:
18364527
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