Post primary school pupils’ views on strategies employed by school based physical activity interventions: The Healthy Ireland Demonstration Project
ISPAH ePoster Library. McHale F. Oct 15, 2018; 225525; 267
Ms. Fiona McHale
Ms. Fiona McHale
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Abstract Introduction Few post-primary school pupils meet the minimum physical activity recommendations of at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) daily, yet pupils who meet these recommendations have the best health profile of all. A vast range of physical activity (PA) programmes are being implemented worldwide, however the most effective formula for behaviour change in this age group is unknown. This formative research will be used to design an intervention.MethodPupils (aged 13-16 years) from three schools were recruited for nine focus groups. These were audio recorded, transcribed, and then a qualitative content analysis of the data was performed. Open-ended questions were used to determine the pupils’ opinions regarding current PA promotion strategies employed internationally for this target group. Questions also asked pupils what they liked about PE and what they what change.Results Pupils (N=41; 20% males) would like more information on PA for good health. Providing choice and a greater variety of activities to pupils for the PE programme throughout the year was suggested. Other ideas included one off sports days and PE trips. The element of fun was imperative.ConclusionOpportunities for involvement by pupils in the PE plan for the academic year could enhance intrinsic motivation for improved participation and provide greater enjoyment. The wide variety of activities available on the PE curriculum should allow for more autonomy of choice for pupils’ preferences. External funding details Department of Health, IrelandDepartment of Education, Ireland
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