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Couch potatoes to jumping beans: A pilot study of the effect of active video games on physical activity in children

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, February 2008
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Title
Couch potatoes to jumping beans: A pilot study of the effect of active video games on physical activity in children
Published in
International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, February 2008
DOI 10.1186/1479-5868-5-8
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Authors

Ni Mhurchu C, Maddison R, Jiang Y, Jull A, Prapavessis H, Rodgers A, Cliona Ni Mhurchu, Ralph Maddison, Yannan Jiang, Andrew Jull, Harry Prapavessis, Anthony Rodgers

Abstract

The primary objective of this pilot study was to evaluate the effect of active video games on children's physical activity levels.Twenty children (mean +/- SD age = 12 +/- 1.5 years; 40% female) were randomised to receive either an active video game upgrade package or to a control group (no intervention). Effects on physical activity over the 12-week intervention period were measured using objective (Actigraph accelerometer) and subjective (Physical Activity Questionnaire for Children [PAQ-C]) measures. An activity log was used to estimate time spent playing active and non-active video games.Children in the intervention group spent less mean time over the total 12-week intervention period playing all video games compared to those in the control group (54 versus 98 minutes/day [difference = -44 minutes/day, 95% CI [-92, 2]], p = 0.06). Average time spent in all physical activities measured with an accelerometer was higher in the active video game intervention group compared to the control group (difference at 6 weeks = 194 counts/min, p = 0.04, and at 12 weeks = 48 counts/min, p = 0.06).This preliminary study suggests that playing active video games on a regular basis may have positive effects on children's overall physical activity levels. Further research is needed to confirm if playing these games over a longer period of time could also have positive effects on children's body weight and body mass index.

Mendeley readers

The data shown below were compiled from readership statistics for 236 Mendeley readers of this research output. Click here to see the associated Mendeley record.

Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 10 4%
Portugal 3 1%
Spain 3 1%
Australia 2 <1%
France 1 <1%
Hong Kong 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Other 4 2%
Unknown 209 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 47 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 40 17%
Student > Bachelor 35 15%
Researcher 30 13%
Professor > Associate Professor 14 6%
Other 43 18%
Unknown 27 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Sports and Recreations 42 18%
Medicine and Dentistry 36 15%
Computer Science 33 14%
Social Sciences 24 10%
Psychology 21 9%
Other 43 18%
Unknown 37 16%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 15. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 January 2013.
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#2,096,059
of 22,665,794 outputs
Outputs from International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
#809
of 1,917 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#8,282
of 155,914 outputs
Outputs of similar age from International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
#10
of 27 outputs
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