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Education and Fitness: EDUFIT Study (EDUFIT)

This study has been completed.
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Universidad de Granada Identifier:
First received: April 2, 2010
Last updated: September 7, 2011
Last verified: September 2010
EDUFIT is a group-Randomized Controlled Trial specifically designed to enhance physical fitness and other health-related factors in a school setting in adolescents.

Condition Intervention
Physical Fitness Body Composition Lipid Metabolism Behavioral: Physical activity program

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Effects of a Physical Education Program Focused on Improving Physical Fitness in Adolescents Aged 12-14 Years

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Further study details as provided by Universidad de Granada:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Health-related physical fitness [ Time Frame: 4 months ]
    Cardiorespiratory fitness; musculoskeletal fitness; motor fitness.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Cardiovascular disease risk factors [ Time Frame: 4 months ]
    Body composition; lipid-metabolic profile; blood pressure; ventilatory parameters.

Enrollment: 70
Study Start Date: January 2007
Study Completion Date: September 2007
Primary Completion Date: June 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Normal PE
2 Physical Education sessions / week
Experimental: PE Volume
4 Physical Education sessions/week (increased volume)
Behavioral: Physical activity program
School intervention program specifically designed to increase health-related physical fitness
Experimental: PE Volume + Intensity
4 Physical Education sessions/week of high intensity (increased volume and intensity)
Behavioral: Physical activity program
School intervention program specifically designed to increase health-related physical fitness

Detailed Description:

Physical fitness is a powerful marker of cardiovascular health already at early stages in life. To promote physical fitness enhancement from the school is therefore needed and this is the main aim of the EDUFIT study (EDUcation for FITness).

The participants were randomly allocated to control group (CG), experimental group 1 (EG1) and experimental group 2 (EG2). The CG received 2 physical education sessions/week, the EG1 received 4 physical education sessions/week (volume increased) and the EG2 received 4 physical education sessions/week of high intensity (volume+intensity increased). Several health-related parameters were assessed before and after a 16-weeks intervention: physical fitness (primary outcome), body composition (secondary), and lipid-metabolic profile, ventilatory parameters, blood pressure, and cognitive and academic performance (tertiary outcomes).

The hypothesis of the EDUFIT project was that to double the number of physical education classes will improve physical fitness in adolescents. The confirmation of the hypothesis could have important public health implications.


Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years to 14 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adolescents enrolled in the Spanish Educational System, free of any muscle-skeletal problem not allowing take part in Physical Education lessons or fitness testing.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical diagnosis of diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Drugs/alcohol abuse
  • In general, any chronic disease that does not permit the person to perform exercise and physical education lessons.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01098968

IES Alcántara (Consejería de Educación, Formación y Empleo de la Región de Murcia)
Alcantarilla, Murcia, Spain, 30820
University of Granada
Granada, Spain, 18071
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universidad de Granada
Principal Investigator: Francisco B Ortega Porcel, PhD University of Granada (Spain)
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Additional Information:

Responsible Party: Francisco B. Ortega, Post Doct Fellow, University of Granada, Department of Physiology Identifier: NCT01098968     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EDUFIT
Study First Received: April 2, 2010
Last Updated: September 7, 2011 processed this record on August 21, 2017