BOOSTing Physical Activity
In February this year, The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation launched a pilot programme using wearable health technology to measure the physical activity of children participating in cricket, using Boost Bands.
A class of 20 year five children from Meadowfield Primary School in Leeds took part in a four-week introduction to cricket programme with the aim being to test whether wearing exercise technology would increase physical activity levels of the children taking part. The technology used measured the step count of the individual wearing the band, weekly randomly assigned teams and the overall step count of the class.
“The children seemed to really engage with the programme and pushed themselves to increase their activity levels. As soon as we turned the bands on at the start of the session, you couldn’t stop them running lengths of the indoor cricket court.” Beth Cook, Project Officer.
Over four weeks the results were astonishing.
• The children collectively travelled an estimated 183km. This is comparable to travelling from Headingley Stadium to Northampton!
• The average distance travelled per pupil was 9.14km. One pupil travelled 15.6km!
• The most steps taken in a session was 9,377 – not bad for a 45minute session.
• The most steps completed by a pupil over the 4week period was 27,576.
• From week 1 to week 4, the average step count increased by over 50%.
• Pupils were 63% more active than the teaching staff!
Feedback from the pupils and teaching staff was excellent, further backing the theory that wearable tech increases activity levels by motivating wearers to work harder and move more.
“At the start of the pilot we were interested to see how the children would react to the Boost technology. From the feedback and results, we are confident the technology will be applicable to health and educational work we would like to implement in the future.” Nick Robinson, Project Manager.
The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation will look to implement the Boost Band technology into other Education and Health themed projects to be able to measure progress of individuals and groups, and to increase health behaviours of users, further contributing to a healthier Yorkshire.