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dc.contributor.advisorBraun-Trocchio, Robyn
dc.contributor.advisorRhea, Deborah
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Ashlynn Nicoleen_US
dc.date.accessioned2022-01-19T21:19:01Z
dc.date.available2022-01-19T21:19:01Z
dc.date.created1/19/2022en_US
dc.date.issued2022en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://repository.tcu.edu/handle/116099117/49884
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this exploratory study was to investigate the effectiveness of a multiple recess school intervention on fitness in school-aged children. Students grades 3-5 participating in the LiiNK Project and receiving multiple recesses per day for a total of 60 minutes of recess per school day (N= 117) were compared to students grades 3-5 at a control school (N= 290), who received one 20 minute recess break per day. Students’ fitness levels were assessed using the FitnessGram, a reliable and validated fitness testing battery for school aged children, including aerobic capacity, curl ups, pushups, trunk flexibility, and BMI assessments. Results indicated that intervention school students performed significantly better than control school students in aerobic capacity and abdominal strength and endurance assessments, but not in upper body strength and endurance or flexibility assessments. Results did not support the hypothesis that intervention students would have lower BMI scores than control school students, as a significant difference was found in the opposite direction. Researchers recommend future research to use students’ body fat percentage and muscle mass to analyze body composition, as BMI does not decipher between muscle and fat mass. Future research should also standardize testing measurements and protocols between schools, use a more reliable flexibility assessment, and increase sample size. Results from this study are promising for promoting similar interventions to help reverse current trends of obesity by combatting excessive sedentary time and physical inactivity in school.en_US
dc.format.mediumFormat: Onlineen_US
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dc.relation.ispartofTCU Master Thesisen_US
dc.subjectKinesiologyen_US
dc.subjectFitnessGramen_US
dc.subjectLiiNKen_US
dc.subjectObesityen_US
dc.subjectRecessen_US
dc.subjectschool-aged childrenen_US
dc.subjectUnstructured playen_US
dc.titlePurposeful Play: The Impact Of Increased Unstructured Play On Fitness Levels In School-Aged Childrenen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
etd.degree.departmentDepartment of Kinesiology
etd.degree.levelMaster
local.collegeHarris College of Nursing and Health Sciences
local.departmentKinesiology
dc.type.genreThesis
local.subjectareaKinesiology
etd.degree.nameMaster of Science


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