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More children more active (2015)

tailored playgrounds positively affect physical activity levels amongst youth

This study investigates whether Krajicek playgrounds are associated with higher usage and intensity of PA compared to control playgrounds during playground use amongst children.

Results: Krajicek playgrounds were significantly less often empty compared to control playgrounds (12% vs. 29%). In addition, there was a statistically significant difference in the number of boys observed on the Krajicek playgrounds (14 vs. 9, OR 1.8). Across all categories differences in playground PA were found with an average of 13% of the children on Krajicek playgrounds engaged in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) compared to 10% on control playgrounds. Energy-expenditure (EE) per child was higher on Krajicek playgrounds across all groups (B.006).

Conclusions: Krajicek playgrounds are positively associated with higher usage and PA intensity compared to control playgrounds. Our results indicate that Krajicek playgrounds can benefit PA of children living in deprived neighborhoods during playground play.

Literatuurverwijzing: Boonzajer Flaes, S.A.M., Chinapaw, M.J.M., Koolhaas, C.M., Mechelen, W. van, & Verhagen, E. (2015). More children more active: tailored playgrounds positively affect physical activity levels amongst youth.

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