An increase in physically inactive lifestyle among Chinese adolescents has attracted national public health concern. Physical inactivity is widely associated with the health burden of non-communicable
diseases like obesity, hypertension and type 2 diabetes. However, limited information regarding the effectiveness of an intervention programme on physical fitness of primary school learners in
Tianjin, China is available. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a Physical Education (PE) intervention programme on physical fitness levels of Grade 6 schoolboys in Tianjin,
A total of 100 schoolboys aged 11-13 years old in Grade 6 (experimental groups, n = 50; control groups, n = 50) who were randomly selected from two primary schools in Tianjin, took part in the study.
Using a pre- and post-test, control group design, they participated in a 6-week PE intervention programme presented thrice a week (60 mins per session). The learners’ physical fitness levels were
measured using the Eurofit test battery
Compared to controls, schoolboys in the intervention group had substantial improvements in shuttle run test for aerobic fitness, body weight, balance, sit and reach, and waist circumference (p< 0.05).
It was concluded that the PE intervention programme effectively increased physical fitness levels of Chinese primary schoolchildren. Further research is necessary using larger samples in order to
validate the present findings.