Gaelic4Girls for increased physical activity participation - a multi-component, pilot intervention: Study design and protocol
ISPAH ePoster Library. Farmer O. 10/15/18; 225464; 250
Ms. Orlagh Farmer
Ms. Orlagh Farmer
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Multi-component sports-based interventions have the potential to increase childhood physical activity (PA) levels, motor skills, and psychosocial well-being. Few interventions, however, have been conducted for young girls in community sports-based environments, specifically in Ireland. This study aims to report the theory-based design protocol, and assess the effectiveness of a multi-component, community sports-based intervention for increasing girls PA levels, fundamental movement skill (FMS) proficiency, and psychosocial well-being. Methods:<\b>
A sample of 241 female participants, aged 8 to 12 years old, from five sub-urban and rural primary schools in County Cork were recruited. The Gaelic4Girls intervention was delivered once a week, for 60 minutes, over a 10 week period (March to May 2017) in a rural community sports club setting, as guided by the Social Ecological, and Self-Determination theoretical frameworks. Each session comprised of: 1) participatory child component (a 6 x 10 minute rotatory station-based structure emphasizing mastery of movement), 2) a coach volunteer component (providing continuous professional development) and 3) a parent component (knowledge-based PA support structures). The study outcomes were assessed at pre- and post- intervention, using reliable self-report PA questionnaires, and the Test of Gross Motor Development-2 (TGMD-2) for FMS. Three focus group interviews were also conducted with the child participants, parents and coaches to explore perceptions of the intervention. Data analysis is currently ongoing.Discussion: This pilot study will provide evidence regarding the effectiveness of a multi-component, community-sports based intervention, and may help inform the development of theory-based interventions targeting PA promotion for pre-adolescent girls in Ireland.
Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Multi-component sports-based interventions have the potential to increase childhood physical activity (PA) levels, motor skills, and psychosocial well-being. Few interventions, however, have been conducted for young girls in community sports-based environments, specifically in Ireland. This study aims to report the theory-based design protocol, and assess the effectiveness of a multi-component, community sports-based intervention for increasing girls PA levels, fundamental movement skill (FMS) proficiency, and psychosocial well-being. Methods:<\b>
A sample of 241 female participants, aged 8 to 12 years old, from five sub-urban and rural primary schools in County Cork were recruited. The Gaelic4Girls intervention was delivered once a week, for 60 minutes, over a 10 week period (March to May 2017) in a rural community sports club setting, as guided by the Social Ecological, and Self-Determination theoretical frameworks. Each session comprised of: 1) participatory child component (a 6 x 10 minute rotatory station-based structure emphasizing mastery of movement), 2) a coach volunteer component (providing continuous professional development) and 3) a parent component (knowledge-based PA support structures). The study outcomes were assessed at pre- and post- intervention, using reliable self-report PA questionnaires, and the Test of Gross Motor Development-2 (TGMD-2) for FMS. Three focus group interviews were also conducted with the child participants, parents and coaches to explore perceptions of the intervention. Data analysis is currently ongoing.Discussion: This pilot study will provide evidence regarding the effectiveness of a multi-component, community-sports based intervention, and may help inform the development of theory-based interventions targeting PA promotion for pre-adolescent girls in Ireland.
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