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Sports 2016, 4(1), 3; doi:10.3390/sports4010003

Impact of Nintendo Wii Games on Physical Literacy in Children: Motor Skills, Physical Fitness, Activity Behaviors, and Knowledge

School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL A1C 5S7, Canada
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Eling de Bruin
Received: 5 November 2015 / Revised: 7 January 2016 / Accepted: 11 January 2016 / Published: 15 January 2016
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Physical literacy is the degree of fitness, behaviors, knowledge, and fundamental movement skills (agility, balance, and coordination) a child has to confidently participate in physical activity. Active video games (AVG), like the Nintendo Wii, have emerged as alternatives to traditional physical activity by providing a non-threatening environment to develop physical literacy. This study examined the impact of AVGs on children’s (age 6–12, N = 15) physical literacy. For six weeks children played one of four pre-selected AVGs (minimum 20 min, twice per week). Pre and post measures of motivation, enjoyment, and physical literacy were completed. Results indicated a near significant improvement in aiming and catching (p = 0.06). Manual dexterity significantly improved in males (p = 0.001), and females felt significantly less pressured to engage in PA (p = 0.008). Overall, there appears to be some positive impact of an AVG intervention on components of physical literacy. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical literacy; children; active video games; motivation physical literacy; children; active video games; motivation
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George, A.M.; Rohr, L.E.; Byrne, J. Impact of Nintendo Wii Games on Physical Literacy in Children: Motor Skills, Physical Fitness, Activity Behaviors, and Knowledge. Sports 2016, 4, 3.

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