Effects of ‘Fair Play Game’ strategy on Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity in Physical

Liane Azevedo, Carla Vidoni, Sarah Dinsdale

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    Abstract

    Less than 50% of a physical education (PE) lessons are usually spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA). A dependent-group contingency strategy, ‘Fair Play Game,’ has shown effectiveness in increasing MVPA during PE lessons among students from affluent schools. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of this strategy on MVPA among students from an undeserved community. The ‘Fair Play Game’ strategy consisted of goal setting, prompts, feedback, and rewards. A single-subject multiple baseline design was applied across two classes of students, throughout 15 soccer lessons. Three students from each class (N=6) were selected for an individual analysis according to their MVPA level at baseline (low, medium and high). Students wore a waist-mounted accelerometer during lessons. Students with a low level of MVPA at baseline from Year 8, presented a positive change in trend, level and percentage of non-overlapping on % MVPA data. The intervention was not effective to change MVPA for the other students. The ‘Fair Play Game’ might be effective in increasing physical activity levels in students with low levels of activity from undeserved areas. However, the intervention needs to be tailored for each population and applied regularly for the benefits to be expanded to the whole class.
    Original languageEnglish
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    JournalPhysical Educator
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    Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2016

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