Effect of elimination games on physical activity and psychosocial responses in children

Karla E. Foster, Timothy K. Behrens, Abigail L. Jager, David A. Dzewaltowski

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Background: This study evaluated the effect of elimination and nonelimination games on objectively measured physical activity and psychosocial responses in children. Methods: A total of 29 children in grades 4 to 6 (65.5% male; 10.5 ± 1.0 years old) wore an accelerometer while participating in 2 elimination and 2 nonelimination games. Activity counts were collected using a 30'second epoch and converted to METs to determine minutes spent in sedentary behavior and light, moderate, vigorous, and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Self-efficacy, enjoyment, and peer-victimization were assessed on 4 occasions (before and after 2 elimination and 2 nonelimination games). Results: Overall, girls spent more time in sedentary behavior compared with boys. Children engaged in signifcantly more moderate-to-vigorous physical activity during nonelimination games compared with elimination games. Furthermore, children signifcantly increased self-efficacy after playing both game sessions. A signifcant interaction between type of game and time of measurement in the prediction of enjoyment showed that enjoyment modestly increased after elimination games and slightly decreased after nonelimination games. There were no differences in peer-victimization. Conclusion: This study provides preliminary evidence that nonelimination games provide more moderate-to-vigorous physical activity compared with elimination games, but elimination games may be more enjoyable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-483
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Activity and Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Enjoyment
  • Peer-victimization
  • Physically active games
  • Self-efficacy
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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