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  1. Fulltext. The effects of a 2-year physical education program (SPARK) on physical activity and fitness in elementary school students.

    Article - En anglais



    This study evaluated a health-related physical education program for fourth-and fifthgrade students designed to increase physical activity during physical education classes and outside of school.


    Seven schools were assigned to three conditions in a quasi-experimental design.

    Health-related physical education was taught by physical education specialists or trained classroom teachers.

    Students from these classes were compared with those in control classes.

    Analyses were conducted on% 5 students with complete data.


    Students spent more minutes per week being physically active in specialist-led (40 min) and teacher-led (33 min) physical education classes than in control classes (18 min ; P<. 001).

    After 2 years, girls in the specialist-led condition were superior to girls in the control condition on abdominal strength and endurance (P<. 001) and cardio-respiratory endurance (P<. 001).

    There were no effects on physical activity outside of school.


    A health-related physical education curriculum can provide students with substantially more physical activity during physical education classes.

    Improved physical education classes can potentially benefit 97% of elementary school students.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Exercice physique, Programme enseignement, Milieu scolaire, Epidémiologie, Evaluation, Enfant, Homme, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Physical exercise, Educational program, School environment, Epidemiology, Evaluation, Child, Human, United States, North America, America

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0478722

    Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 03/02/1998.