1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Youth Physical Activity

Edited By Timothy Brusseau, Stuart Fairclough, David Lubans Copyright 2020
    816 Pages
    by Routledge

    816 Pages
    by Routledge

    Over the past three decades the study of pediatric physical inactivity has become a public health concern. The decreases in physical activity have been associated with obesity and numerous hypokinetic diseases. In accordance with this public health concern, the study of pediatric physical activity has become a central part of research in the health and exercise science fields.

    The Routledge Handbook of Youth Physical Activity is the first book to survey the full depth and breadth of the issues facing this field. Bringing together many of the world’s experts and practitioners, the book helps to develop an understanding of the underlying issues related to pediatric physical activity as well as the role physical activity plays on cognitive, psychomotor, and social aspects of childhood. The book addresses issues with physical activity measurement and discuss wide-ranging aspects of physical activity interventions.

    With more emphasis than ever on physical activity, this book makes an important contribution to the scholars and practitioners working in the field of youth physical activity.

    This is the first single text on the state of current knowledge related to pediatric physical activity which offers a comprehensive guide to students and academics on these subjects The Routledge Handbook of Youth Physical Activity is key reading for all advanced students, researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers with an interest in physical activity, youth sport, public health matters, sport studies, or physical education.

    Part 1: Introduction to Physical Activity

    1: Physical Activity Domains

    Valerie Carson and Stephen Hunter

    2: Global Surveillance of Physical Activity of Children and Youth

    Salomé Aubert, Silvia A. González, Taru Manyanga, and Mark S. Tremblay

    3: Global Surveillance of Cardiorespiratory and Musculoskeletal Fitness

    Justin J. Lang, Jordan J. Smith, and Grant R. Tomkinson

    4: Physical Activity Recommendations

    Paul McCrorie, Anne Martin, and Xanne Jansen

    Part 2: Benefits of Physical Activity

    5: Physiological Health Benefits of Physical Activity for Young People

    Narelle Eather, Kate Ridley, and Angus Leah

    6: Mental Health Benefits of Physical Activity for Young People

    Stuart J. H. Biddle and Ineke Vergeer

    7: Cognitive and Academic Benefits for School Age Children

    Eric S. Drollette and Charles H. Hillman

    Part 3: Factors Associated with Physical Activity

    8: Psychological Factors Associated with Physical Activity in Youth

    Katrina J Waldhauser, Geralyn R. Ruissen, and Mark R. Beauchamp

    9: Children’s and Adolescents’ Interpersonal Level Correlates of Physical Activity Behavior

    Toni A. Hilland and Sarah A. Costigan

    10: Physical Environmental factors Associated with Physical Activity in Young People

    Anna Timperio, Shannon Sahlqvist, Venurs Loh, Benedicte Deforche, and Jenny Veitch

    11: School and Community Policies: Implications for Youth Physical Activity and Research

    Monica A. F. Lounsbery, Thomas L. McKenzie, and Nicole J. Smith

    Part 4: Physical Activity Assessment/Measurement

    12: Introduction to Physical Activity Measurement

    Stuart J. Fairclough and Robert J. Noonan

    13: Report-based Measures of Physical Activity: Features, Challenges, Considerations, and Resources

    Pedro F. Saint-Maurice, Sonia Sousa, Gregory Welk, Charles E. Matthews, and David Berrigan

    14: Direct Observation: Assessing Youth Physical Activity and Its Contexts

    Hans van der Mars and Thomas L. McKenzie

    15: Pedometers for Measuring Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents

    Joseph J. Scott

    16: Measuring Physical Activity with Body-Worn Accelerometers

    Alex V. Rowlands

    17: New Perspectives Through Emerging Technologies

    Cain C. T. Clark, Maria Christina Bisi, and Rita Stagni

    Part 5: Fitness and Motor Skill Assessment

    18: Field-Based Fitness Assessment in Youth

    Lynne M. Boddy and Gareth Stratton

    19: Motor Competence Assessment

    Lisa M. Barnett, David F. Stodden, Ryan M. Hulteen, and Ryan S. Sacko

    Part 6: Introduction to Interventions

    20: Youth Physical Activity Intervention Design

    Kirsten Corder, Sonja Klingberg, and Esther van Sluijs

    21: Implementation and Scale-Up of School-Based Interventions

    Sarah G. Kennedy, Heather A. Mckay, Patti Jean Naylor, and David R. Lubans

    22: Evaluation of Physical Activity Interventions

    Tara N. McGoey

    Part 7: School-Based Interventions

    23: Physical Education-based Physical Activity Interventions

    Dean Dudley, Aaron Beighle, Heather Erwin, John Cairney, Lee Schaefer, and Kenneth Murfay

    24: School Recess Physical Activity Interventions

    Nicola D. Ridgers, Anne-Maree Parrish, Jo Salmon, and Anna Timperio

    25: Classroom-based Physical Activity Interventions

    Jo Salmon, Emiliano Mazzoli, Natalie Lander, Ana María Contardo Ayala, Lauren Sherar, and Nicky Ridgers

    26: School-based Running Programs

    Lauren B. Sherar, Anna E. Chalkley, Trish Gorely, and Lorraine A. Cale

    27: Introduction to Multi-component School-based Physical Activity Programs

    Timothy A. Brusseau and Ryan D. Burns

    28: Preschool and Childcare Center Physical Activity Interventions

    Rachel A. Jones, Eduarda Sousa-Sá, Michele Peden, and Anthony D. Okely

    29: School Physical Activity for Children with Disabilities

    Cindy H. P. Sit and Thomas L. McKenzie

    Part 8: Family and Community Interventions

    30: Mother-Based Physical Activity Interventions for Young People

    Amy S. Ha, Johan Y. Y. Ng, Joni H. Zhang, and Wai Chan

    31: The Role of fathers in Optimizing Children’s Physical Activity

    Philip J. Morgan, Myles D. Young, and Emma R. Pollock

    32: Before and After–School interventions in Youth Physical Activity; Current situation and future directions

    Sarahjane Belton and Wesley O’Brien

    33: Keeping Kids Active: Summertime Interventions to Address Physical Activity

    Elizabeth M. Rea, Amy M. Bohnert, Jennette P. Moreno, and Allie Hardin

    34: Active Transport

    Erika Ikeda, Sandra Mandic, Meody Smith, Tony Stewart, and Scott Duncan

    35: The Role of Technology in Promoting Physical Activity in Youth

    Kelly A. Mackintosh, Dale W. Esliger, Andrew P. Kingsnorth, Adam Loveday, Sam G. M. Crossley, Melitta A. McNarry

    Part 9: Motor Skill Development, Exercise, and Sport

    36: Fundamental Movement Skill Interventions

    Lawrence Foweather and James R. Rudd

    37: Exercise for Children and Adolescents

    Jordan J. Smith, Nigel Harris, Narelle Eather, and David R. Lubans

    38: Importance of Organized Sport Participation for Youth Physical Activity

    Stewart A. Vella and Matthew J. Schweickle


    Timothy A. Brusseau, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Director of Health and Kinesiology at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. He is also the Director of the Physical Activity Research Laboratory.

    Stuart J. Fairclough, Ph.D. is Professor of Physical Activity Education at Edge Hill University, UK. He is also a member of the UK Chief Medical Officers’ Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Young People Expert Group.
    David R. Lubans
    is Professor and National Health and Medical Research Council Fellow in the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition at the University of Newcastle, Australia.