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Application of parkour in physical education: agility learning and improvement


Fernández Juan, D. et al.



Publication type

Artículo de revista




Secondary school, obesity, gender, traceur, innovation.


With the passage of time, the rate of students who are overweight and obese has increased, in order to reduce it
and increase physical condition, parkour-based content was chosen to produce novelty in classroom. However, it
was not known if this type of intervention would improve to a greater extent than methods that were normally
used in the subject. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to investigate the improvement provided by a
Didactic Unit based on parkour in student agility compared to a Didactic Unit for team sports, as well as
investigating how this improvement depended on gender. So as to clarify this uncertainty, 146 students
participated in the study, 67 in team sport group (CON) and 77 in parkour group (EXP). A pre and post
intervention agility test was used to evaluate the change provided by the Didactic Units. Results showed a
greater significant improvement in the EXP group (p = 0.002) compared to the CON group, suggesting that an
intervention through parkour achieves greater agility improvements. In the same line, when the sample was
segmented by sex, a greater change was observed in the male EXP group (p = 0.007) compared with CON
group, however, no differences were found when comparing female groups (p = 0.099). Therefore, it seems that
parkour is a valid method to increase the agility of students in Physical Education in secondary education,
getting better improvements than team sports in male gender, although it does not seem to be more favorable
than team sports in female gender


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