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Gaelic4Girls—The Effectiveness of a 10-Week Multicomponent Community Sports-Based Physical Activity Intervention for 8 to 12-Year-Old Girls

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Sports Studies and Physical Education Program, School of Education, 2 Lucan Place, Western Road, 0000 Cork, Ireland
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School of Education, Postgraduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs, University College Cork, 0000 Cork, Ireland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(18), 6928; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17186928
Received: 10 August 2020 / Revised: 15 September 2020 / Accepted: 16 September 2020 / Published: 22 September 2020
Girls are less active than boys throughout childhood and adolescence, with limited research focusing on female community sports-based programs. This study aims to assess the effectiveness of a multi-component, community sports-based intervention for increasing girl’s physical activity (PA) levels, fundamental movement skill (FMS) proficiency, and psychological wellbeing, as relative to a second treatment group (the traditionally delivered national comparative program), and a third control group. One hundred and twenty female-only participants (mean age = 10.75 ± 1.44 years), aged 8 to 12 years old from three Ladies Gaelic Football (LGF) community sports clubs (rural and suburban) were allocated to one of three conditions: (1) Intervention Group 1 (n = 43) received a novel, specifically tailored, research-informed Gaelic4Girls (G4G) intervention; (2) Intervention Group 2 (n = 44) used the traditionally delivered, national G4G program, as run by the Ladies Gaelic Football (LGF) Association of Ireland; and (3) Control Group 3 (n = 33) received no G4G intervention (group 1 or 2) conditions and were expected to carry out their usual LGF community sports activities. Primary outcome measurements (at both pre- and 10-week follow up) examining the effectiveness of the G4G intervention included (1) PA, (2) FMS and (3) Psychological correlates (enjoyment levels, self-efficacy, peer and parental support). Following a two (pre to post) by three (intervention group 1, intervention group 2, and control group 3) mixed-model ANOVA, it was highlighted that intervention group 1 significantly increased in PA (p = 0.003), FMS proficiency (p = 0.005) and several psychological correlates of PA (p ≤ 0.005). The findings demonstrate that the 10-week, specifically tailored, research-informed G4G intervention is a feasible and efficacious program, leading to a positive effect on the physical and psychological wellbeing of pre-adolescent Irish girls, relative to the traditionally delivered national G4G comparative program and control group conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity; fundamental movement skills; psychological correlates of physical activity; pre-adolescent girls; organized youth sport; multi-component intervention physical activity; fundamental movement skills; psychological correlates of physical activity; pre-adolescent girls; organized youth sport; multi-component intervention
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Farmer, O.; Cahill, K.; O’Brien, W. Gaelic4Girls—The Effectiveness of a 10-Week Multicomponent Community Sports-Based Physical Activity Intervention for 8 to 12-Year-Old Girls. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6928. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17186928

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Farmer O, Cahill K, O’Brien W. Gaelic4Girls—The Effectiveness of a 10-Week Multicomponent Community Sports-Based Physical Activity Intervention for 8 to 12-Year-Old Girls. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(18):6928. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17186928

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Farmer, Orlagh, Kevin Cahill, and Wesley O’Brien. 2020. "Gaelic4Girls—The Effectiveness of a 10-Week Multicomponent Community Sports-Based Physical Activity Intervention for 8 to 12-Year-Old Girls" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 18: 6928. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17186928

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