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Energy expended by boys playing active video games.
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PMID:  20810313     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The purpose of this study was to: (1) determine energy expenditure (EE) during a range of active video games (AVGs) and (2) determine whether EE during AVGs is influenced by gaming experience or fitness. Twenty-six boys (11.4±0.8 years) participated and performed a range of sedentary activities (resting, watching television and sedentary gaming), playing AVGs (Nintendo(®) Wii Bowling, Boxing, Tennis, and Wii Fit Skiing and Step), walking and running including a maximal fitness test. During all activities, oxygen uptake, heart rate and EE were determined. The AVGs resulted in a significantly higher EE compared to rest (63-190%, p≤0.001) and sedentary screen-time activities (56-184%, p≤0.001). No significant differences in EE were found between the most active video games and walking. There was no evidence to suggest that gaming experience or aerobic fitness influenced EE when playing AVGs. In conclusion, boys expended more energy during active gaming compared to sedentary activities. Whilst EE during AVG is game-specific, AVGs are not intense enough to contribute towards the 60min of daily moderate-to-vigorous physical activity that is currently recommended for children.
Kate White; Grant Schofield; Andrew E Kilding
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of science and medicine in sport / Sports Medicine Australia     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1878-1861     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sci Med Sport     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9812598     Medline TA:  J Sci Med Sport     Country:  Australia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  130-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Sports Medicine Australia. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand.
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