The effectiveness of a 12 month physical activity promotion intervention in members of An Garda Siochana in selected Garda Stations

Gillick-Nevin, Sandra (2007) The effectiveness of a 12 month physical activity promotion intervention in members of An Garda Siochana in selected Garda Stations. Masters thesis, Waterford Institute of Technology.

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Abstract

The study examined the effects of promoting physical activity in the workplace, in An Garda Siochana.100 questionnaires were sent out to each of the participating Garda stations. All participants filled out a physical activity questionnaire followed by a fitness screening at pre and post intervention, 12 months apart. Specific objectives of the study were to examine the effects of physical activity promotion on: a) stage of readiness to participate in physical activity (Stage of Change) b) amount/frequency of physical activity undertaken, pre and post intervention and c) fitness levels pre and post intervention. There were three levels of intervention. The control group received no intervention (NI); an information only group (IO) received literature on a regular basis displayed on a dedicated bulletin board; and a targeted and tailored intervention (TT) received the same as the IO intervention and in addition had specific stage of change literature, guest speakers, targeted newsletters, medical checks and motivational interviewing/ goal setting. Results: The significance of association in non parametric tests (chi square tests on stage of change and physical activity frequencies) between pre and post intervention shows there is a significant association according to the type of intervention applied. There was a progression in participant’s stage of change. At post test there was an increase of n=10 (8%) of those in the active stages (action/maintenance). 48% of the group were regularly physically active at post test and the amount of people increasing their frequency of physical activity from once to three times weekly rose from n=12 (26%) to n=20 943.5%) at post test. In the parametric tests significant T tests on fitness scores are highlighted, which shows an association between pre and post intervention in a number of tests. This was seen in body weight, body composition, strength and flexibility scores. The reliability of the significant parametric test is supported by the significant association in the non parametric test. Therefore in conclusion for the sample subjects of the study it could be suggested that physical activity frequency benefits from greater intervention (TT). The benefits for fitness outcomes are more complex. They may be affected by gender and there is not strong evidence to show that they depended on the type of intervention applied.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Physical Activity
Departments or Groups: *NONE OF THESE*
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Studies
Depositing User: e- Thesis
Date Deposited: 23 May 2008 17:03
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2016 10:25
URI: http://repository.wit.ie/id/eprint/972

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