Evidence for the efficacy of the Youth-Physical Activity Towards Health (Y-PATH) intervention

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dc.contributor.author O'Brien, Wesley
dc.contributor.author Issartel, Johann
dc.contributor.author Belton, Sarahjane
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-24T16:50:00Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-24T16:50:00Z
dc.date.issued 2013-08-16
dc.identifier.citation O'Brien, W., Issartel, J. and Belton, S. (2013) 'Evidence for the efficacy of the Youth-Physical Activity Towards Health (Y-PATH) intervention', Advances in Physical Education, 3(4), pp. 145-153. doi:10.4236/ape.2013.34024 en
dc.identifier.volume 3 en
dc.identifier.issued 4 en
dc.identifier.startpage 145 en
dc.identifier.endpage 153 en
dc.identifier.issn 2164-0386
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3883
dc.identifier.doi 10.4236/ape.2013.34024
dc.description.abstract The physical education environment is a key opportunity to intervene because of access to children and adolescents for the purpose of increasing physical activity participation and improving fundamental movement skill proficiency. A non-randomised controlled trial involving two schools in a rural Irish town was carried out in September 2011 to evaluate the Youth-Physical Activity Towards Health (Y-PATH) intervention. Data were collected on 12 to 14 year olds (n = 174) at 3 time points (pre, post and retention). Data collected included measured height and weight, physical activity measured by accelerometry and by self-report and fundamental movement skill performance. Both the control and intervention school showed significant increases in daily physical activity and gross motor skill proficiency over time. Two-way repeated measures ANOVA showed a significant interaction effect between school attended and time for physical activity (F (2, 38) = 6.177, p = .005) and fundamental movement skills (F (2, 100) = 4.132, p = .019), with a significantly greater increase in physical activity and fundamental movement skills observed in the intervention school. Preliminary findings from this study suggest a positive effect for the Y-PATH intervention and provide support for its potential in increasing physical activity and fundamental movement skill levels of adolescent youth. Further research involving a definitive randomised controlled trial with a larger sample size is warranted. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Scientific Research Publishing en
dc.rights © 2013, the Authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ en
dc.subject Physical education en
dc.subject Adolescent en
dc.subject Physical activity en
dc.subject Fundamental movement skills en
dc.subject Intervention en
dc.title Evidence for the efficacy of the Youth-Physical Activity Towards Health (Y-PATH) intervention en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Wesley O'Brien, Education, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: wesley.obrien@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2017-04-12T11:09:12Z
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dc.contributor.funder Dublin City University en
dc.contributor.funder Wicklow Local Sports Partnership
dc.contributor.funder County Wicklow Vocational Education Committee
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Advances in Physical Education en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress wesley.obrien@ucc.ie en


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