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Published in the June-July 2017 issue

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Contemporary School Playground Strategies for Healthy Students

By Brendon Hyndman, published by Springer

Contemporary School Playground Strategies for Healthy StudentsThis book is a research guide for implementing contemporary playground strategies to promote active, healthy students in both primary and secondary school settings.

A number of school playground strategies have succeeded in reducing the decline in students’ activity levels by introducing equipment and policies that encourage further engagement.

The book outlines these strategies and offers insights into their multiple levels of influence on engaging students in school playground activities which promote student health.

It discusses previous investigations into the effect of playground strategies on students’ activities and the differences between structured and unstructured playground activities; investigations that have explored the translatability and feasibility of specific school playground strategies and potential recommendations for future school playground research.

Importantly, it provides observations on the features students desire in their school playgrounds and what features are imperative for safe activities, enjoyment levels, which in turn offers suggestions for future research directions.

Dr Hyndman’s research, which focuses on schools as a crucial setting to develop students’ physical activity participation, health and overall wellbeing, has had a large impact this year. He has accumulated 25 publications in five months with a combination of book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, and two high-impact articles with The Conversation, ‘Does bad weather affect student performance in school?’ and ‘Too hot to learn’.

‘Contemporary School Playground Strategies for Healthy Students’ is Dr Hyndman’s first full-length book and is available for purchase.

Dr Hyndman is an academic in Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (PDHPE) within the School of Education at Southern Cross University.

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