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Post 4. Measuring children’s physical activity using accelerometers – overview

Anyone involved in physical activity (PA) and health research knows that actually measuring children’s PA is fraught with challenges, such is the complexity of this behaviour. Kids routinely switch their activity behaviours throughout the day, depending on their routines, social interactions, physical environments, and even the weather! Throughout a typical day kids will accumulate time through the full intensity spectrum from being sedentary, in light, moderate, and vigorous PA. Getting an accurate measurement of these Read More

Post 3. Children’s self-reported physical activity data – weighing up the evidence

In the last few weeks much has been made of the physical activity levels of children and adolescents in England. In late November, as part of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance Global Matrix 3.0, the Active Healthy Kids England 2018 Report Card was published. The Report Card, which is led by Professor Martyn Standage (@Martyn_Standage) and colleagues builds on the 2014 and 2016 versions to provide an update on performances on, the provision for, Read More

Post 2. A bad news week, but still seeing and valuing the wins

As research active academics two of the most significant and valued things we are judged on, are peer-reviewed research outputs and external research grant income. Both of these are products of many months (often years) of work, not to the mention the time taken to actually craft and write the respective submissions. Once we complete the papers/applications we send them off for review by expert peers in our field and to a large extent, the Read More

Post 1. Reflections on the novice research of a PhD student (circa 2002). What’s its worth?

Yesterday I was tagged on Twitter by Dr Ashley Casey from Loughborough University (@DrAshCasey). As part of his excellent PEPRN blog post series he’d written a commentary of paper of mine that was published in 2002, entitled ‘The contribution of secondary school physical education to lifetime physical activity’. The paper was actually my first PhD study and was based on a mailshot survey of secondary school Heads of PE in northwest England. The general gist Read More