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|Title: ||Children's fitness testing: A feasibility study|
|Authors: ||Harris, Jo|
|Keywords: ||Fitness testing|
|Issue Date: ||2007|
|Publisher: ||© Sage|
|Citation: ||HARRIS, J. and CALE, L., 2007. Children's fitness testing: A feasibility study. Health Education Journal, 66 (2), pp. 153 - 172|
|Abstract: ||Objective: This study aimed to determine whether it was necessary, cost
effective and practical to investigate Welsh children’s fitness levels in order
to promote active, healthy lifestyles.
Design: A multi-method study comprising a comprehensive review of
literature, a questionnaire survey and interviews.
Setting: This was a feasibility study commissioned by the National
Assembly for Wales undertaken between October 2003 and March 2004.
Method: The methodology involved a world wide literature search carried
out using metalib and consultation with UK experts and stakeholders in
Wales via a questionnaire (n=35) and individual interviews (n=5). The
response rate for the questionnaire survey was 36.4%.
Results: The study indicated concern amongst experts and stakeholders
about Welsh children’s health, fitness and activity, but also revealed a
number of misconceptions about children’s fitness and fitness testing. The
study highlighted that the measurement of children’s fitness is fraught with
difficulties, including methodological limitations, the possible negative
impact on some children, and the relatively weak association between
children’s physical fitness and health. Additionally, utilising children’s
fitness test data to inform policy and practice was considered problematic
by the experts and stakeholders, and there was limited evidence from the
literature that previously conducted large scale surveys on children’s
fitness have positively impacted on children’s health, activity and fitness.
Conclusion: It was concluded that a research project focusing solely on
fitness testing Welsh children is neither necessary, cost effective nor
practical. However, a ‘lifestyle oriented’ project including the monitoring of
physical activity was recommended as increasing activity levels is
achievable for all and the process which will lead to health gains.|
|Description: ||This article was published in the journal, Health Education Journal [© Sage]. The definitive version is available at: http://hej.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/66/2/153|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)|
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