About Careers MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

UK Study Finds Today's Kids Do Engage in Active Play During Leisure Time

by Kathy Jones on March 20, 2011 at 4:52 PM
Font : A-A+

 UK Study Finds Today's Kids Do Engage in Active Play During Leisure Time

Today's kids indeed engage in active play during leisure time, says a new UK study.

It said that encouraging children to engage in active play, tailored according to specific gender, could increase their physical activity.

Advertisement

Rowan Brockman from the University of Bristol Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences and colleagues found children's perceptions of what constituted play were broad and included both physically active and sedentary behaviours.

Children aged 10 to 11-year-old reported that they frequently engaged in active play consistent with that of previous generations, and valued both the physical and social benefits it provided.
Advertisement

However, whereas boys prefer 'having a kick about' or riding bikes, girls are less likely to have an equivalent specific physical activity.

Additionally, boys appear to have greater freedom to roam in their active play than girls.

The researchers also found that boys were more likely to play with neighbourhood friends but girls were more often restricted to playing with family members.

"Contemporary children do engage in active play and value both the physical and social benefits it provides. This suggests that some children, at least, do not prefer to spend all their time watching TV or on computer," said Brockman.

"However, further research is needed to build a more informed picture of children's play before we consider strategies to increase it," he added.

The study is published in the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Source: ANI
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Test  Your Knowledge on Heart
Test Your Knowlege on Genes
Obesity in Teens Make Inroads into Early Atrial Fibrillation
View all
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Height and Weight-Kids 

Most Popular on Medindia

Find a Doctor Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) The Essence of Yoga Find a Hospital Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects A-Z Drug Brands in India Blood - Sugar Chart Blood Donation - Recipients Drug Interaction Checker Sanatogen
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
×

UK Study Finds Today's Kids Do Engage in Active Play During Leisure Time Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests