The PLUNGE randomized controlled trial: evaluation of a games-based physical activity professional learning program in primary school physical education.

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of the Professional Learning for Understanding Games Education (PLUNGE) program on fundamental movement skills (FMS), in-class physical activity and perceived sporting competence. Methods: A cluster-randomized controlled trial involving one year six class each from seven primary schools (n=168; mean age=11.2 years, SD=1.0) in the Hunter Region, NSW, Australia. In September (2013) participants were randomized by school into the PLUNGE intervention (n=97 students) or the 7-week wait-list control (n=71) condition. PLUNGE involved the use of Game Centered curriculum delivered via an in-class teacher mentoring program. Students were assessed at baseline and 8-week follow-up for three object control FMS (Test of Gross Motor Development 2), in-class physical activity (pedometer steps/min) and perceived sporting competence (Self-perception Profile for Children). Results: Linear mixed models revealed significant group-by-time intervention effects (all p0.05) were observed for perceived sporting competence. Conclusions: The PLUNGE intervention simultaneously improved object control FMS proficiency and in-class PA in stage three students.

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  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Critical Care
  • Decision Making
  • Education, Nursing
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Game Theory
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Human Development
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Negotiating
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nursing Theory
  • Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
  • Play and Playthings
  • Professional Autonomy
  • Professional Competence
  • Stereotyping
  • ethics
  • psychology

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  • Constance L Milton

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