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Research Paper | Public Health Education | Sierra Leone | Volume 7 Issue 1, January 2018
Physical Activity and Motor Fitness Skill Level of Children and Adolescents: A Motivational Factor for Health and Physical Education
Henry Joe Tucker  | Samuel Joseph Bebeley  | Michael Conteh 
Abstract: Background Physical fitness could be referred to as a well-structured, organized, planned and technically executed physical activity and exercise programmes with bearing to circuit training, which could require use of maximum volume of oxygen (VO2 max. ) for all categories within body mass index (BMI), intake and expenditure of kilocalories by musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems for fitness, wellness, healthy lifestyle, reduction in cardiovascular related sicknesses, mortality and morbidity, whiles physical activity under motor fitness skill could be referred to as a public health factor that relates to human movement patterns of musculoskeletal systems that could require intake and expenditure of kilocalories from macro-and-micro nutrients for improved healthy lifestyle and decrease in cardiovascular related sicknesses, morbidity and mortality. This study aimed at scoring measured and evaluated factors under physical activity and motor fitness skill level of children and adolescents a motivational factor for health and physical education. Methods Adopted instrument for this survey was American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (AAHPER). IBM-SPSSv.23 Statistics analyzed variables, with mean and standard deviation (MSD) age (14.55.5) with response rate (100 %) of sampled participants (N=122), ranged (9-20) years, selected through simple random sampling. Results Significant differences were tested @ level of p<0.05, with highest scores recorded as follows Bend-Knee-Sit-Ups (Islam) scored (2.690.951) F (0.916), Shuttle-Run (Islam) scored (2.670.717) F (0.627), Standing-Long-Jump (Islam) scored (2.610.903) F (0.039) and Fifty-Yards-Dash (Islam) scored (2.780.959) F (0.774) for USS and TSS. Conclusion and Recommendation In the analysis, most highly scored participants (boys and girls) were from JSS2 in the Southern region with an Islamic faith due to their frequency and mean responses, which however displayed clear evidence of motor fitness skill. It was recommended that parents, teachers and stakeholders should be positive role models in educating pupils about the rationale of physical activity, wellness and health education programmes for prevention and control of obesity and cardiovascular related sicknesses, morbidity and mortality.
Keywords: Physical Activity, Physical Education, Health Education and Motor Fitness Skill
Edition: Volume 7 Issue 1, January 2018,
Pages: 895 - 899
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