Outdoor recreation within the school setting: A physiological and psychological exploration

Brendon Hyndman, Shirley Wyver

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Abstract

School recess is a crucial outdoor recreation period to develop health behaviours
such as physical activity, social and thinking skills that can track into adulthood. As students in some schools can be immersed in playground recreation opportunities via up to 4200 school breaks during their schooling (three times per day, 5 days per week, 39 weeks per year, 7 years of primary school), the school playground has become an emerging focus for researchers to facilitate important health outcomes. Outdoor recreation activities during school recess can contribute up to half of a child’s recommended physical activity participation. Ensuring there is an enhanced understanding and awareness of what can enhance or hinder outdoor recreation activities within school contexts is therefore important to develop both physical and psychological strategies to help promote sustainable health outcomes. Despite outdoor recreation during school recess periods being a vital setting to develop physical, social and cognitive habits, the possibilities during this period have only started to gain momentum in the first two decades of the twenty-first century. This
chapter will outline the important link between school playgrounds for outdoor
recreation during school recess and the various physiological and psychological
effects that have been revealed from various strategies that have been implemented for children with typical and atypical development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOutdoor Recreation - Physiological and Psychological Effects on Health
EditorsHilde Nielsen
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherIntechOpen London
Pages1-17
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978-1-83968-195-0
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 02 Apr 2020

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