Contribution of school recess to daily physical activity: systematic review and evidence appraisal

John J Reilly, Grant Johnston, Stuart McIntosh, Anne Martin

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Objective: The present study aimed to estimate school recess moderate-vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA). Methods: A systematic review was carried out in MEDLINE and SportDiscus to identify observational studies where MVPA had been measured objectively during school recess. Study quality was assessed formally. Results: Twenty-four eligible studies in primary school pupils (N= 5,778 individuals), revealed a weighted mean of 12 minutes MVPA per school day. Only two eligible studies were identified in high school pupils (N= 399 individuals). The evidence was generally of moderately high quality. Conclusions: Recess makes a small contribution to daily MVPA. Substantial policy effort is likely to be needed if recess is to make a more useful contribution to MVPA among children and adolescents.
LanguageEnglish
Pages581-589
Number of pages9
JournalHealth Behavior and Policy Review
Volume3
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

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Keywords

  • school
  • physical activity
  • child
  • exercise
  • youth
  • systematic review
  • accelerometer

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Reilly, John J ; Johnston, Grant ; McIntosh, Stuart ; Martin, Anne. / Contribution of school recess to daily physical activity: systematic review and evidence appraisal. In: Health Behavior and Policy Review. 2016 ; Vol. 3, No. 6. pp. 581-589.
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In: Health Behavior and Policy Review, Vol. 3, No. 6, 01.11.2016, p. 581-589.

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