Internet-supported professional development training to enhance youth physical activity participation in schools and community sport organizations

Event Details

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  • Venue: ART 374

Please  welcome Dr. Chris Lonsdale from ACU this Friday Dec. 15th at 2:30pm in room ARTS 374. Dr. Lonsdale will be speaking about his very successful school-based physical activity research program that has been widely implemented across Australia. Dr. Lonsdale’s talk will be immediately followed by the CHLVH social in the same room (ARTS 374) at 3:30pm.


Abstract: In this presentation, I will provide an overview of three studies, each underpinned by self-determination theory principles and delivered using a combination of online and face-to-face methods. The Activity and Motivation in Physical Education (AMPED) randomized controlled trial tested a professional development intervention for Australian secondary school physical education teachers in disadvantaged communities.  AMPED increased student physical activity during PE lessons and this effect was mediated by improvements in teachers’ practice. The Ahead of the Game intervention was a training program for youth sport clubs targeting adolescent boys near Wollongong, Australia. Preliminary analyses show the program protected players from athlete burnout symptoms and enhanced their engagement with sport. The iPLAY intervention is an ongoing study targeting 160 primary schools across New South Wales, Australia. The program is designed to help teachers promote physical activity during school hours and form partnerships with parents and community sport organizations to increase children’s overall activity levels.