Influence of Session Context on Physical Activity Levels Among Russian Girls During a Summer Camp

Justin M. Guagliano, Natalie J. Updyke, Natalia V. Rodicheva, Sara K. Rosenkranz, David A. Dzewaltowski, Chelsey R. Schlechter, Richard R. Rosenkranz

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Purpose: This study investigated the effect of summer camp session context on Russian girls’ physical activity (PA). Method: Girls (n = 32, Mage = 10.7 years, SD = 0.6 years) from a resident summer camp taking place in the Vologda Region of Russia were exposed to 1 session context/day (i.e., free play, organized with no choice, organized with choice) on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for 3 weeks, with the context order counterbalanced across the 3 weeks. The organized session sport/game changed weekly. The primary outcome was accelerometer-assessed PA. Repeated-measures mixed models were used to analyze all outcome data. Results: Findings showed that girls spent a greater percentage of session time (%time) in moderate-to-vigorous PA (p <.001; effect sizes between free play and organized with no choice and organized with choice, respectively =.60,.42) and moderate PA (p <.001; effect size =.57,.39) and a lower %time in light PA (p <.001; effect size =.55,.52) in organized PA contexts compared with free play. Conclusions: This study provides novel findings in a Russian setting, suggesting that a well-planned, organized camp session can elicit higher PA levels in girls, relative to a free-play session.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-357
Number of pages6
JournalResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2017


  • Children
  • out-of-school
  • sport
  • youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Nephrology


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