Implementation of Brain Breaks® in the classroom and its effects on attitudes towards physical activity in a Chinese school setting

Ke ZHOU, Sensen HE, Yanli ZHOU, Biljana POPESKA, Garry KUAN, Li CHEN, Ming-Kai CHIN, Magdalena Mo Ching MOK, Christopher R. EDGINTON, Ian CULPAN, J. Larry DURSTINE

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Abstract

This study aimed to examine the effects of three-months of classroom-based Brain Breaks Physical Activity Solution (Brain Breaks®) on attitudes toward physical activity levels of primary school children in Henan Province, China. The participants were 704 children enrolled in grades 3–5 who were randomly assigned to either an experimental or a control group. The experimental group participated in Brain Breaks® video intervention for 3–5 min daily, at low-to-moderate intensity for three consecutive months. The control group resumed their normal routine. The children’s attitudes in both groups towards physical activity (PA) were evaluated using the self-reported Attitudes toward Physical Activity Scale (APAS), before and after the intervention. The effects of the intervention on APAS scores were analyzed using mixed model analysis of variance with Time as within-subject, and Group as between-subject factors. The analysis revealed evidence in support of the positive effect of classroom video interventions such as Brain Break on children’s attitudes toward importance, fun, and trying to do their personal best in physical activity. Also revealed was the important role the teacher plays in this process. Copyright © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Original languageEnglish
Article number272
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2021

Citation

Zhou, K., He, S., Zhou, Y., Popeska, B., Kuan, G., Chen, L., . . . Durstine, J. L. (2021). Implementation of Brain Breaks® in the classroom and its effects on attitudes towards physical activity in a Chinese school setting. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(1). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010272

Keywords

  • Children
  • Video exercises
  • Physical activity
  • Attitudes
  • Online platform
  • Brain Breaks®
  • Classroom-based intervention

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