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The activity intensities reached when playing active tennis gaming relative to sedentary gaming, tennis game-play and current activity recommendations in young adults.
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PMID:  23238089     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
ABSTRACT: Although active gaming is popular and can increase energy expenditure in young adults, its efficacy as a prescriptive exercise tool is not well understood. This study aimed to: (1) compare the activity intensities experienced by young adults while playing active tennis gaming with conventional sedentary gaming, tennis game-play and current activity recommendations for health, and (2) identify changes in activity intensities across playing time. Following habitualization, ten active young adults (age: 20.2 ± 0.4 years; stature: 1.74 ± 0.03 m; body mass: 67.7 ± 3.3 kg) completed three experimental trials (sedentary gaming, active tennis gaming and tennis game-play) on separate days in a randomized order. Heart rate (HR) and metabolic equivalents (METs) were averaged across 5-min and 10-min intervals, and the entire 20-min bout within each condition. Active gaming produced greater intensities across 5-10, 10-15 and 15-20 min time intervals compared with sedentary gaming (p < 0.01). Tennis game-play elicited greater HR (67 ± 5%HRmax) and MET (5.0 ± 0.2) responses than both sedentary (40 ± 2%HRmax, 1.1 ± 0.1 METs) and active gaming (45 ± 2%HRmax, 1.4 ± 0.1 METs) (p < 0.001). Only tennis game-play produced activity intensities meeting current recommendations for health benefit. Lower HR intensities were reached across 0-5 min than during later time intervals during active gaming (6%) and tennis game-play (9%) (p < 0.01). Activity intensities elicited by active gaming were greater than sedentary gaming, but less than tennis game-play and insufficient to contribute towards promoting and maintaining good health in young adults. These data suggest that active tennis gaming should not be recommended by exercise professionals as a substitute for actual sports participation in young adults.
Aaron T Scanlan; Hayley Arkinstall; Vincent J Dalbo; Brendan J Humphries; Cameron T Jennings; Michael I C Kingsley
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of strength and conditioning research / National Strength & Conditioning Association     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1533-4287     ISO Abbreviation:  J Strength Cond Res     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9415084     Medline TA:  J Strength Cond Res     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1Central Queensland University, Institute for Health and Social Science Research, Rockhampton, Australia 2Sport and Exercise Research Centre, Swansea University, Swansea, Wales 3School of Medical and Applied Sciences, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Australia.
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