Promoting public playgrounds usage and children’s physical activity with sports activities: A quasi-experimental study

Promoting public playgrounds usage and children’s physical activity with sports activities: A quasi-experimental study

Authors: Sander Bliekendaal and Joske Nauta

Abstract

This study aimed to evaluate the children's usage and their physical activity levels at playgrounds with (N = 4) and without (N = 4) organized sports activities, following a quasi-experimental study design. Direct observations were used to assess the playground usage and estimate the playground users' age category, sex, and physical activity intensity level. The results indicated that playgrounds with sports activities were associated with 53% more users at the time of the activities. However, this increase was only seen in boys. Furthermore, playgrounds with sport activities were not associated with different physical activity levels in children as compared to children on regular playgrounds.

Journal:
Health & Place
Year:
2024