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Table 1 Frequency and description of activity type: five most frequent activity types reported by first – to sixth-grade children during 15 focus group discussions (n = 66)

From: Development of the Physical Activity Interactive Recall (PAIR) for Aboriginal children

Activity type Type of involvement Description of type of involvement Total activities Cited Five most frequently cited activities Number and percentage of focus groups in which activity was mentioned
      N/15 %
Non-physical activities*   Activities not requiring physical exertion 19 TV/video watching 11 73.3
     video games 5 33.3
     playing with toys 4 26.7
     listening to music 4 26.7
     Computer 3 20
Physical activities Play Unstructured physical activity characterized by physical exertion 31 Biking 14 93.3
     Swimming 9 60
     running 9 60
     swinging 7 46.7
     skipping rope 7 46.7
  Team sports Organized and structured group play characterized by physical exertion 9 hockey 8 53.3
     basketball 6 40
     soccer 6 40
     baseball 5 33.3
     football 3 20
  Individual sports Organized and structured play characterized by physical exertion 3 wrestling 3 20
     karate 3 20
     gymnastics 2 13.3
  1. Note: A total of 307 responses were elicited (verbally and/or drawn) from 66 children in response to the questions: "What do you like to do when you play alone or play with your friends?" and "What types of moving your body activities do you do when you're alone or with a friend?" and to the statement: " Using the blue marker, I'd like you to draw me a picture of yourself doing your favourite moving your body activity." * Given that qualifying non-physical activities was beyond the scope of our main focus, we did not further analyze this activity type to the next sub-group of "type of involvement".