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 Part 1|100 pages

Introduction to Physical Activity

chapter 1|14 pages

Physical Activity Domains

ByValerie Carson, Stephen Hunter

chapter 2|30 pages

Global Surveillance of Physical Activity of Children and Youth

BySalomé Aubert, Silvia A. González, Taru Manyanga, Mark S. Tremblay

chapter 3|22 pages

Global Surveillance of Cardiorespiratory and Musculoskeletal Fitness

ByJustin J. Lang, Jordan J. Smith, Grant R. Tomkinson

chapter 4|32 pages

Physical Activity Guidelines and Recommendations

ByPaul McCrorie, Anne Martin, Xanne Janssen

part Part 2|69 pages

Benefits of Physical Activity

chapter 5|18 pages

Physiological Health Benefits of Physical Activity for Young People

ByNarelle Eather, Kate Ridley, Angus Leahy

chapter 6|27 pages

Mental Health Benefits of Physical Activity for Young People

ByStuart J. H. Biddle, Ineke Vergeer

chapter 7|22 pages

Cognitive and Academic Benefits of Physical Activity for School-Age Children

ByEric S. Drollette, Charles H. Hillman

part Part 3|78 pages

Factors Associated with Physical Activity

chapter 8|18 pages

Psychological Factors Associated with Physical Activity in Youth

ByKatrina J. Waldhauser, Geralyn R. Ruissen, Mark R. Beauchamp

chapter 9|22 pages

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

ByToni A. Hilland, Sarah A. Costigan

chapter 10|21 pages

Physical Environmental Factors Associated with Physical Activity in Young People

ByAnna Timperio, Shannon Sahlqvist, Venurs Loh, Benedicte Deforche, Jenny Veitch

chapter 11|15 pages

School and Community Policies

Implications for Youth Physical Activity and Research
ByMonica A. F. Lounsbery, Thomas L. McKenzie, Nicole J. Smith

part Part 4|117 pages

Physical Activity Measurement

chapter 12|10 pages

Introduction to Physical Activity Measurement

ByStuart J. Fairclough, Robert J. Noonan

chapter 13|27 pages

Report-Based Measures of Physical Activity

Features, Considerations, and Resources
ByPedro F. Saint-Maurice, Sonia Sousa, Gregory Welk, Charles E. Matthews, David Berrigan

chapter 14|27 pages

Direct Observation

Assessing Youth Physical Activity and Its Contexts
ByHans van der Mars, Thomas L. McKenzie

chapter 15|15 pages

Pedometers for Measuring Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents

ByJoseph J. Scott

chapter 16|17 pages

Measuring Physical Activity with Body-Worn Accelerometers

ByAlex V. Rowlands

chapter 17|19 pages

New Perspectives through Emerging Technologies

ByCain C. T. Clark, Maria Cristina Bisi, Rita Stagni

part Part 5|42 pages

Fitness and Motor Skill Assessment

chapter 18|15 pages

Field-Based Fitness Assessment in Youth

ByLynne M. Boddy, Gareth Stratton

chapter 19|25 pages

Motor Competence Assessment

ByLisa M. Barnett, David F. Stodden, Ryan M. Hulteen, Ryan S. Sacko

part Part 6|77 pages

Introduction to Interventions

chapter 20|27 pages

Youth Physical Activity Intervention Design

ByKirsten Corder, Sonja Klingberg, Esther van Sluijs

chapter 21|23 pages

Implementation and Scale-Up of School-Based Physical Activity Interventions

BySarah G. Kennedy, Heather A. McKay, Patti Jean Naylor, David R. Lubans

chapter 22|25 pages

Evaluation of Physical Activity Interventions

ByTara N. McGoey

part Part 7|116 pages

School-Based Interventions

chapter 23|15 pages

Physical Education-Based Physical Activity Interventions

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

chapter 24|19 pages

School Recess Physical Activity Interventions

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

chapter 25|18 pages

Classroom-Based Physical Activity Interventions

ByJo Salmon, Emiliano Mazzoli, Natalie Lander, Ana María Contardo Ayala, Lauren Sherar, Nicola D. Ridgers

chapter 26|16 pages

School-Based Running Programs

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

chapter 27|20 pages

Introduction to Multicomponent School-Based Physical Activity Programs

ByTimothy A. Brusseau, Ryan D. Burns

chapter 28|16 pages

Preschool and Childcare Center Physical Activity Interventions

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

chapter 29|10 pages

School Physical Activity for Children with Disabilities

ByCindy H. P. Sit, Thomas L. McKenzie

part Part 8|109 pages

Family and Community Interventions

chapter 30|12 pages

Physical Activity Interventions for Young People and Their Parents

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

chapter 31|19 pages

The Role of Fathers in Optimizing Children’s Physical Activity

ByPhilip J. Morgan, Myles D. Young, Emma R. Pollock

chapter 32|13 pages

Before- and After-School Interventions in Youth Physical Activity

Current Situation and Future Directions
BySarahjane Belton, Wesley O’Brien

chapter 33|16 pages

Keeping Kids Active

Summertime Interventions to Address Physical Activity
ByElizabeth M. Rea, Amy M. Bohnert, Jennette P. Moreno, Allie Hardin

chapter 34|21 pages

Active Transport

ByErika Ikeda, Sandra Mandic, Melody Smith, Tom Stewart, Scott Duncan

chapter 35|26 pages

The Role of Technology in Promoting Physical Activity in Youth

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

part Part 9|61 pages

Motor Skill Development, Exercise, and Sport

chapter 36|23 pages

Fundamental Movement Skill Interventions

ByLawrence Foweather, James R. Rudd

chapter 37|24 pages

Exercise for Children and Adolescents

ByJordan J. Smith, Nigel Harris, Narelle Eather, David R. Lubans

chapter 38|12 pages

Importance of Organized Sport Participation for Youth Physical Activity

ByStewart A. Vella, Matthew J. Schweickle