First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Kimberly McNallyFollow

Mentor/s

Valerie Wherley

Location

University Commons

Start Day/Time

4-21-2017 1:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-21-2017 3:00 PM

Abstract

Forty-four million children participate in organized sports in the United States. Studies show that organized sports place more emphasis on competition, however, friendly sporting events are still considered highly active. The research is unclear whether differences exist in energy expenditure and athlete enjoyment between “friendly” and “league” competitions. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), energy expenditure, RPE, and enjoyment of a U12 boys’ soccer team during a non-competition (“friendly”) game vs. a competition (“league”) game. METHODS: Twelve male subjects were recruited from the U12 Shelton, CT, youth soccer team. Parental consent was granted prior to participation. Accelerometers were used to measure MVPA intensities and energy expenditure during both games. RPE scales ranging from 6 to 20 and enjoyment scales consisting of 16 sections were filled out. Paired sample t-tests were used to compare the percentage of time spent in MVPA intensities, RPE scores, and enjoyment scale scores during the league game and friendly game. RESULTS: Significant differences were observed in the percentage of time spent in sedentary activity (p< 0.042) and vigorous activity (p< 0.002) between the two games. Significant differences were observed in the comparison of the 12 enjoyment scales (p < 0.047) between the two games. CONCLUSIONS: Higher MVPA and energy expenditure were associated with the friendly game. Higher RPE and more enjoyment were associated with the league game. Further research is needed to understand the competitive nature of the sport and how that impacts enjoyment and physical exertion.

REFERENCES

1. Leek D, Carlson JA, Cain KL, et al. Physical activity during youth sports practices. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(4):294-299. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.252.

College

College of Health Professions

College and Major available

Exercise Science UG

Keywords

Youth soccer, Youth sports, Competitiveness, Enjoyment, Exertion

Document Type

Poster

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Comparing MVPA, Energy Expenditure, RPE, and Enjoyment of a U12 Boys Soccer team during a non-competition (“friendly”) game vs. a competition (“league”) game.

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Forty-four million children participate in organized sports in the United States. Studies show that organized sports place more emphasis on competition, however, friendly sporting events are still considered highly active. The research is unclear whether differences exist in energy expenditure and athlete enjoyment between “friendly” and “league” competitions. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), energy expenditure, RPE, and enjoyment of a U12 boys’ soccer team during a non-competition (“friendly”) game vs. a competition (“league”) game. METHODS: Twelve male subjects were recruited from the U12 Shelton, CT, youth soccer team. Parental consent was granted prior to participation. Accelerometers were used to measure MVPA intensities and energy expenditure during both games. RPE scales ranging from 6 to 20 and enjoyment scales consisting of 16 sections were filled out. Paired sample t-tests were used to compare the percentage of time spent in MVPA intensities, RPE scores, and enjoyment scale scores during the league game and friendly game. RESULTS: Significant differences were observed in the percentage of time spent in sedentary activity (p< 0.042) and vigorous activity (p< 0.002) between the two games. Significant differences were observed in the comparison of the 12 enjoyment scales (p < 0.047) between the two games. CONCLUSIONS: Higher MVPA and energy expenditure were associated with the friendly game. Higher RPE and more enjoyment were associated with the league game. Further research is needed to understand the competitive nature of the sport and how that impacts enjoyment and physical exertion.

REFERENCES

1. Leek D, Carlson JA, Cain KL, et al. Physical activity during youth sports practices. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(4):294-299. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.252.

 

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