The purpose of this study is to measure the energy expenditure (i.e., metabolic equivalents (METs)) and step counts (i.e., number of steps in one session) of beginning curlers in order to determine whether or not they achieved light-to-moderate levels of physical activity.
Method: Twenty-four participants were chosen from Missouri Western State University’s beginning curling class and from the St. Joseph, (MO) Curling Club League. Participants completed one curling session while wearing a pedometer at the ankle and an accelerometer at the waist.
Analysis/Results: Participants performed the curling for an average of 86 ± 21 minutes. Results indicated an average MET value of 2.0 ± 0.6 METs and that participants completed 3051 ± 934 steps.
Conclusions: On average, participants engaged in light physical activity (light activity is defined as 2.0 -2.9 METs and moderate activity 3.0-5.9 METs (Garber) et al., 2011). One explanation why intensity (as expressed by average MET value) may have been classified as light is due to the intermittent nature of the activity in which active periods are interspersed with inactive periods. Thus curling may present opportunities for higher intensity intervals of physical activity. While intensity was light, curling did make a significant contribution toward meeting the daily recommendation of 10,000 steps per day accounting for approximately one-third of the recommendation. Therefore, while beginning curlers may not sustain sufficient exercise intensities for the improvement of cardiovascular fitness, curling may offer a viable option for reducing sedentary behavior among novice players. Future research may also consider examining activity levels of more advance curlers as activity levels may increase due to increases in sweeping accompanying greater skill level and competition.
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