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Physical Activity of Serbian Children in Daycare

Preschool Teacher Training School, University of Novi Sad, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Novi Sad, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
Faculty of Sport and Tourism, University of Novi Sad, 21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Niš, Serbia, 18000 Niš, Serbia
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Academic Editors: Luis Paulo Rodrigues and Rita Cordovil
Received: 15 January 2021 / Revised: 7 February 2021 / Accepted: 9 February 2021 / Published: 21 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sports Science for Children)
Background: Monitoring of physical activity within the educational institution is of great importance, primarily because of the orientation and content implemented in the daycare. This research aimed to examine the number of steps children took during their stay in daycare with regards to age, gender and the frequency of going out. Methods: The research was conducted in four daycares in the urban environment of Novi Sad (Republic of Serbia), where 231 children, aged 5 to 7, were monitored (129 boys and 102 girls). Data on the number of steps were obtained using the pedometers. Results: The result of the univariate analysis of the variance test confirmed a statistically significant difference in the number of steps in relation to the age of children (p = 0.04). Boys were more active than girls in both age groups (p = 0.001). Children who were going to the daycare yard three to five times a week took drastically more steps than children who went up to twice a week (p = 0.001). Conclusion: The results of the current study show that age, gender, and time spent outdoors are significant determinants of physical activity in preschool age. Therefore, interventions regarding physical activity should be made during early childhood in order to promote health and prevent disease. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity; daycare; children physical activity; daycare; children
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Janković, M.; Batez, M.; Stupar, D.; Obradović, J.; Trajković, N. Physical Activity of Serbian Children in Daycare. Children 2021, 8, 161.

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Janković M, Batez M, Stupar D, Obradović J, Trajković N. Physical Activity of Serbian Children in Daycare. Children. 2021; 8(2):161.

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Janković, Milenko, Maja Batez, Dušan Stupar, Jelena Obradović, and Nebojša Trajković. 2021. "Physical Activity of Serbian Children in Daycare" Children 8, no. 2: 161.

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