Interventions to promote physical activity in young people conducted in the hours immediately after school: a systematic review

Atkin, Andrew J. and Gorely, Trish and Biddle, Stuart J. H. and Cavill, Nick and Foster, Charles (2011) Interventions to promote physical activity in young people conducted in the hours immediately after school: a systematic review. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 18 (3). pp. 176-187. ISSN 1070-5503

Abstract

Background: After school is a critical period in the physical activity and sedentary behaviour patterns of young people. Interventions to promote physical activity during these hours should be informed by existing evidence. Purpose: The present study provides a systematic review of interventions to promote physical activity in young people conducted in the hours immediately after school. Methods: The review was conducted in accordance with guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Studies were located through searches of electronic databases, including MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsychINFO and ERIC. For included studies, data were extracted and methodological quality assessed using standardised forms. Results: Ten papers, reporting nine studies, met inclusion criteria. Three studies reported positive changes in physical activity and six indicated no change. Evidence suggests that single-behaviour interventions may be most effective during these hours. Conclusion: Limitations in study design, lack of statistical power and problems with implementation have likely hindered the effectiveness of interventions in the after-school setting to date. Further work is required to develop interventions during this critical period of the day. © 2010 International Society of Behavioral Medicine.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Date Deposited: 11 May 2017 06:31
Last Modified: 11 May 2017 06:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: After school; Interventions; Physical activity; Review; Youth;
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health
C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s12529-010-9111-z
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/31862

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