Title

Exploring the seasonal influences on elementary schoolchildren's enjoyment of physical activity during school breaks

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Hyndman, BP, Chancellor, B & Lester, L 2015, 'Exploring the seasonal influences on elementary schoolchildren's enjoyment of physical activity during school breaks', Health Behavior and Policy Review, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 182-193.

Published version available from:

http://dx.doi.org/10.14485/HBPR.2.3.2

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the seasonal influences on elementary school children's enjoyment of physical activity during school breaks. Methods: The Lunchtime Enjoyment of Activity and Play (LEAP) questionnaire and Physical Activity Children's Enjoyment Scale (PACES) were used to measure children's (N = 80) enjoyment of physical activity longitudinally during school breaks over 4 time points. Separate mixed regression models determined whether children's enjoyment differed by sex and over time. Results: Children's enjoyment of physical activity during school breaks was significantly higher in March (autumn in the southern hemisphere) in comparison with time points later in the school year. Conclusions: The findings suggest strategies could be implemented by schools to maintain and enhance children's enjoyment of physical activity during school breaks later in the year.