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Physical activity profiles and selected muscular fitness variables in English schoolchildren: A north–south divide?

Ingle, Lee; Stephenson, Ashlie; Sandercock, Gavin R.

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Ashlie Stephenson

Gavin R. Sandercock



Abstract

Introduction: The aim of the study was to compare and contrast habitual physical activity profiles and muscular fitness in schoolchildren from northern and southern regions of England. Methods: Data were collected from two secondary schools in the North East (NE) of England. The study procedures followed methods employed by the East of England Healthy Hearts Study in 10-16 year old boys and girls based in the south east (SE) region of England and data were compared. Habitual physical activity (PAQ-A), vertical jump test (VJT), and hand-grip (HG) strength were assessed. We converted raw scores from all assessments to age- and sex-normalised z-scores. Results: We recruited 597 children (58% boys) in the NE and compared findings to 597 age- and sex- matched boys and girls from the SE. Boys in the SE had significantly stronger HG scores, jumped higher, were more powerful (mean peak power: 2131W v 1782W; P< 0.0001), and reported being more physically active (mean PAQ-A: 2.9 v 2.5; P< 0.0001) than their male counterparts in the NE. In girls, the opposite trend was evident. Girls from the NE of England had a higher HG score, jumped higher, and were more powerful (mean peak power: 2114W v 1839W; P

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Ingle, L., Stephenson, A., & Sandercock, G. R. (2016). Physical activity profiles and selected muscular fitness variables in English schoolchildren: A north–south divide?. European journal of sport science : the official journal of the European College of Sport Science, 16(8), 1187-1196. https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2016.1183714

Acceptance Date Apr 25, 2016
Online Publication Date May 24, 2016
Publication Date Nov 16, 2016
Deposit Date Apr 26, 2016
Publicly Available Date Dec 12, 2017
Journal European journal of sport science
Print ISSN 1746-1391
Electronic ISSN 1536-7290
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 8
Pages 1187-1196
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2016.1183714
Keywords Vertical jump test; Hand-group strength; Habitual physical activity; Boys; Girls; Regional differences and associations
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/437075
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17461391.2016.1183714
Copyright Statement This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European journal of sport science on 24/05/2016, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline...0/17461391.2016.1183714
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European journal of sport science on 24/05/2016, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline...0/17461391.2016.1183714

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Copyright Statement
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European journal of sport science on 24/05/2016, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17461391.2016.1183714



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