Rationale, design and methods for a randomised and controlled trial to investigate whether home access to electronic games decreases children's physical activity

Leon Straker, Rebecca Anne Abbott, Jan P. Piek, Clare M. Pollock, P. S. Davies, Anne Julia Smith

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Abstract

Many children are reported to have insufficient physical activity (PA) placing them at greater risk of poor health outcomes. Participating in sedentary activities such as playing electronic games is widely believed to contribute to less PA. However there is no experimental evidence that playing electronic games reduces PA. There is also no evidence regarding the effect of different types of electronic games (traditional sedentary electronic games versus new active input electronic games) on PA. Further, there is a poor understanding about how characteristics of children may moderate the impact of electronic game access on PA and about what leisure activities are displaced when children play electronic games. Given that many children play electronic games, a better understanding of the effect of electronic game use on PA is critical to inform child health policy and intervention.
Original languageEnglish
Article number212
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2009

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