Influence of a health-related physical fitness model on students' physical activity, perceived competence, and enjoyment

You Fu, Zan Gao, James Hannon, Barry Shultz, Maria Newton, Jim Sibthorp

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Abstract

This study was designed to explore the effects of a health-related physical fitness physical education model on students' physical activity, perceived competence, and enjoyment. 61 students (25 boys, 36 girls; M age = 12.6 yr., SD = 0.6) were assigned to two groups (health-related physical fitness physical education group, and traditional physical education group), and participated in one 50-min. weekly basketball class for 6 wk. Students' in-class physical activity was assessed using NL-1000 pedometers. The physical subscale of the Perceived Competence Scale for Children was employed to assess perceived competence, and children's enjoyment was measured using the Sport Enjoyment Scale. The findings suggest that students in the intervention group increased their perceived competence, enjoyment, and physical activity over a 6-wk. intervention, while the comparison group simply increased physical activity over time. Children in the intervention group had significantly greater enjoyment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)956-970
Number of pages15
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Volume117
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013

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