University of Ljubljana

Fakulteta za šport

Supporting teachers to maximize enjoyable MVPA minutes in children and youth: Project Enjoyable MVPA

  • Supporting teachers to maximize enjoyable MVPA minutes in children and youth: Project Enjoyable MVPA

  • Code 2019-1-EE01-KA201-051595
  • Date 01.10.2019 - 30.07.2022
  • Funds provider European Commission Erasmus+ Programme: Sport
  • Organisation Institute of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy
  • Holder Prof. Ph.D. Gregor Jurak
Abstract

Full Title  of Project

Enjoyable MVPA - Supporting teachers to maximize enjoyable MVPA minutes in children and youth: Project Enjoyable MVPA

Overwiew:

Project Enjoyable MVPA is aiming to develop skill-based games and exercises for 11-14 year old schoolchildren to be used in physical education classes and recess. To have beneficial effects also for health, the games must have at least moderate level intensity. As overweight and obesity are great concerns all over the world, the interventions should start at relatively early age and reach to the maximum number of children. Therefore, the school environment was chosen as the main target. To support the new-skill based PE curricula, the games and exercises are targeted to different skills for developing basic movement skills.

 During the project different games and exercises will be merged to 10 minute blocks and tested objectively for moderate to vigorous physical activity, so the teacher or sport coach, can plan the lesson easily for target skill and be sure that it will be done at sufficient intensity by the children. Teachers and children will also be involved in the process, as their feedback is critical. One aspect of choosing the game is how children rate them. To involve all children, the action must be fun. Therefore, we aim for the exercises and games to be enjoyable for children and therefore support their activity during the class.

 The exercises and games will also be filmed, so the PE teachers can easily understand the material. Supportive written material will also be included to highlight the importance of physical activity and health in children and adolescents.

Program:

Erasmus+: KA2

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF TARTU (ESTONIA)

Partners

LIKES (FINLAND)

VILNIUS UNIVERSITY AND VYTAUTAS MAGNUS UNIVERSITY (LITHUANIA)

UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA [FACULTY OF SPORT] (SLOVENIA)

Reserchers in UL Faculty of sport

prof. dr. Gregor Jurak

Duration of project

01.10.2019 - 30.7.2022

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