A Look at Children's Physical Activity During the Segmented School Day
A recent study published in the October 2006 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, the official scientific journal of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), examined the daily pedometer-determined physical activity patterns of 81 school children.
A total of 28 boys and 53 girls aged 11 to 12 years old wore pedometers for four school days and were asked to record steps accumulated at arrival and departure from school, and before and after recess, lunchtime, and PE class. The study reports that boys took significantly more steps per day than girls and more steps during release time, but the same number of steps during structured PE classes. Lunch time physical activity represented the most important source of daily exercise (15% to 16%) obtained during school hours for both boys and girls, whereas recess accounted for 8% to 9% and PE class accounted for 8% to 11% of total steps per day. The study also found that almost half of the daily steps taken are because of after-school activities.
With only 8% of elementary, 6.4% of junior/middle, and 5.8% of high schools providing daily physical education for students in all grades, this study can be used as comparative data for practitioners and researchers involved in assessment and interventions with youth. To view this complete article, visit www.acsm-healthfitness.org.
Cardio Tennis Offers Fun, High-energy Workout
Looking for a creative new way to get your clients moving? The Tennis Industry Association, in association with the United States Tennis Association and hundreds of tennis professionals, is launching Cardio Tennis, a new fun group activity that combines tennis with a cardiovascular workout.
Taught by a certified tennis professional, the Cardio Tennis program includes a short dynamic warm-up, a cardio workout phase, and a cool-down phase. Each phase has drills specifically designed to be fun and challenging and to get you moving and your heart rate pumping. The goal is to get a person's heart rate in their aerobic training zone for the entire session and keep it there. Although Cardio Tennis is not designed to make you a great tennis player, you will improve your game because you hit so many forehands, backhands, and volleys while getting a healthy workout.
Beginning this fall, Cardio Tennis programs will be available at public and private tennis facilities across the country. Complete information on Cardio Tennis and a listing of sites in your area can be found at www.CardioTennis.com.
Information for Authors
Interested in submitting a feature article to the Journal? Feature articles should be written with the intention of engaging a curious professional audience with an informal and interpretive style. Feature articles run approximately 2,200 to 2,600 words. Authors should add value for the reader by reporting little-known facts, making substantiated recommendations, and using photographs, charts, sidebars, illustrations, case studies, and summaries. You can view the Journal's complete instructions to authors anytime by visiting www.acsm-healthfitness.org and clicking on "Author and Reviewer Info."