Physical education classes based on sports education: a systematic review


  • Francisca Maria Damasceno Góis Instituto Federal do Ceará-Campus Caucaia
  • Élvio Rubio Gouveia University of Madeira, Funchal, Portugal
  • Hugo Sarmento Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education, University of Coimbra
  • Miguel Peralta Motricidade Humana, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
  • Adilson Marques Faculdade de Motricidade Humana, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal



This article aimed to summarize the evidence from studies on how participation in physical education (PE) classes based on sports education (EDE) has been related to physical activity (PA) in adolescents, especially regarding participation in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA), psychological and social factors. A systematic review was carried out that included eight electronic databases (PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, LILACS, SPORTDiscus, PsycINFO, ERIC, and COCHRANE). An initial search reached 162 titles, remaining 149 after removing duplicates. Another ten studies were included based on the reference lists, totaling 159 studies in the identification phase. In the screening, 89 references were excluded, remaining 70 references for full-text analysis. In this stage, 53 references were excluded, resulting in 17 references that met the inclusion criteria. The studies were carried out between 2002 and 2017, mostly in the United States. Most studies reported improvements in psychological and social factors, especially motivation. The data on the participation of adolescents in MVPA were contradictory and inconclusive, making it difficult to understand the model's contribution to students' PA practice.





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