Looking at the feasibility of using a physical activity pathway with children in school

Baker, Colin and Crone, Diane and Gidlow, Christopher and Loughren, Elizabeth and James, David V and Mahmood, Thalat (2013) Looking at the feasibility of using a physical activity pathway with children in school. British Journal of School Nursing, 8 (7). pp. 338-345.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of a physical activity care pathway as a means of increasing physical activity participation in school-aged children via behavioural interviews, goal setting and signposting to physical activity opportunities. A mixed methods approach was used to assess the programme feasibility. Ninety-three children (males=56, females=43) aged 11.2 years (SD=.56) set physical activity goals at baseline and three were lost to follow-up representing a pathway completion rate of 97%. 70.7% (n=70) of participants achieved at least one goal in full and nearly 80% (n=79) had fully or partly achieved at least one goal. Qualitative themes included educational benefits, constraints to participation and options to harness pathway potential. Physical activity care pathways in school settings supported by school staff might provide a feasible means of recruiting children for a physical activity intervention but screening to ensure targeted recruitment and a restricted number of physical activity goals are recommended.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Sport & Exercise
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: David James
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2014 20:46
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2014 11:22
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/414

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