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Author(s): Jorge Mota
Pedro Silva
Luísa Aires
Maria Paula Santos
José Oliveira
José C. Ribeiro
Title: Differences in school-day patterns of daily physical activity in girls according to level of physical activity
Issue Date: 2008
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.
Subject: Ciências da saúde
Health sciences
Scientific areas: Ciências médicas e da saúde::Ciências da saúde
Medical and Health sciences::Health sciences
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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