Gavin Colquitt

Gavin Colquitt
Georgia Southern University | GSU · Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology

Ed.D.

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August 2009 - November 2014
Georgia Southern University
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Publications (58)
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BACKGROUND School‐environments are thought to be strong influences of behavioral choices. There is limited research available on the role of physical activity (PA) and school success among children with special health care needs (CSHCN). The purpose of this study was to explore differences in PA among CSHCN and non‐CSHCN and how the school success...
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No single instructional method can meet all of the student learning needs expressed in the SHAPE America National Standards for Physical Education. This new edition provides pedagogical knowledge and resources that support physical education teachers’ selection and use of instructional models and gives physical educators a plan for incorporating th...
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Background and Objective(s): Children with cerebral palsy (CP) face barriers to participation in many settings, including schools. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) can be used to identify the barriers to participation. School- based physical therapists (SBPTs) play a significant role in improving the func...
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Background and Objective(s): Participation in physical activity and sport are important in the overall health and well-being among children with cerebral palsy (CP). The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) provides a context for examining environmental factors which can influence participation. The purpose of th...
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Background: Asthma is a common respiratory disorder among children. Children with asthma often experience symptoms such as wheezing and coughing which occur at night or during physical activity (PA). This study used a large, nationally representative sample of children in the United States to examine differences among children with and without asth...
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Introduction: Children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities especially those with Down syndrome (DS) have an exacerbated risk of obesity. Despite the elevated risk of obesity for this population, very few studies have investigated factors that influence engagement in physical activity among children and adolescents with...
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Aim: To examine the effects of an upper-extremity, community-based, and power-training intervention. Methods: Twelve participants with cerebral palsy (CP) [8 males, 4 females; mean age 14 years 6 months (SD 5 years 4 months), range 7–24] were randomly assigned to a rest-training (RT; n = 6) or training-rest (n = 6) group in this randomized, cross-...
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Background: Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder characterized by a profound skeletal muscle deficit. However, whether there is a regional-specific skeletal muscle deficit in children with CP is unknown. The purpose of this study was to determine whether fat-free soft tissue mass (FFST), a commonly used surrogate for skeletal muscle mass...
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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to use a qualitative, community-based participatory action research method – Photovoice – to identify perceived facilitators and barriers to physical activity among adolescents with cerebral palsy (CP) in a rural community. Materials and methods: Fifteen participants including adolescents with CP (n = 7) and p...
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BACKGROUND Youth living with disabilities are at risk of experiencing poor health outcomes. Coordinated school health programs have an opportunity to help youth with disabilities and their families through health education, health services, and community engagement. The World Health Organization developed the International Classification of Functio...
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The purpose of this study was to examine predictors of coordinated and comprehensive care within a medical home among children with special health care needs (CSHCN). The latest version of the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) employed a national random-digit-dial sample whereby US households were screened, resul...
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Background: The purpose of this study was to examine urban vs. rural differences on the relationship between family contextual variables and adequacy of insurance coverage and impact on employment for among families with a child with Cerebral Palsy from a nationally representative sample. Methods: A retrospective, observational study was carried ou...
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Background: Physical activity offers children and youth many well-documented positive effects on health. The present study adapted a community-based prevention marketing campaign (CBPM), VERBTM Summer Scorecard (VSS) to promote physical activity among minority youth in rural, southeast Georgia. The purpose of this paper is to describe the adaptatio...
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There is limited research that includes democratic practices to evaluate the PETE program in its ability to prepare preservice teachers (PTs). In other areas such as community health, methodologies have been used to provide a voice to individuals living the experience. The purpose of this study was to examine PTs' perceptions of a teacher education...
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Levels of physical activity and health-related fitness (HRF) are decreasing among adolescents in the United States. Several interventions have been implemented to reverse this downtrend. Traditionally, physical educators incorporate a direct instruction (DI) strategy, with teaching potentially leading students to disengage during class. An instruct...
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In previous studies, researchers have identified a general low level of health-related fitness (HRF) knowledge among secondary students that can effect levels of physical activity (PA). An instructional strategy that may increase HRF knowledge without decreasing PA is the personalized system of instruction (PSI). Two classes from a private urban hi...
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Health disparities exist among individuals living in rural and urban contexts in terms of access to health care and overall mortality. These disparities are typically greater for youth with disabilities living in rural areas, who face additional barriers in receiving health and support services specific to their disability. Parents are typically th...
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Purpose: The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore rural/urban differences in service providers’ perceptions of challenges and facilitators to services for children with special health care needs (CSHN) and their families in southeast Georgia. Methodology: A total of 23 individual interviews were conducted with service providers in one r...
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Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a neuromuscular disease that affects individuals from birth, or shortly thereafter and continually progresses in severity throughout the lifespan of the affected individual. Symptoms of CP generally consist of difficulty generating force via limbs or diminished muscular strength, difficulty controlling movements in space due...
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Background: Power training (PT) may be an effective modality to overcome muscle weakness for individuals with cerebral palsy (CP). The purpose of this project was to pilot test a PT intervention for individuals with CP. Methods: Using rolling recruitment, six participants were randomly assigned to either the control group (CG, n=3) or training gr...
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Background: Schools are required to provide students with disabilities a free and appropriate education. At the age of 22, youth with disabilities must transition out of the school system into their community. The purpose of this study was to explore service provider’s perspectives of transition in rural and urban communities in Georgia. Methods: T...
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Background: Children with disabilities and their families face a variety of barriers in accessing services throughout their lifespan. The purpose of this study was to explore rural/urban differences in barriers and facilitators of services for youth with disabilities and their families in southeast Georgia. Methods: Twenty in-depth interviews (N=...
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BACKGROUND: Defining quality of life (QOL) for individuals with disabilities is difficult, in part, because the construct of QOL is evolving and often misconceptualized by a focus on traditional outcome measurements (e.g., Short Form-36). In populations without disabilities, QOL is often narrowly defined in terms of function. The purpose of the stu...
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Physical education teachers can champion their profession through marketing the importance of physical activity to children and families in the communities they serve. Social marketing, a consumer-based approach to behavior change, is an excellent choice for physical education teachers who want to ‘sell’ physical activity to their ‘audiences’. This...
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Physical education teachers are faced with a decision when teaching physical activities in schools. What type of instructional model should be used, and should classes be coeducational or single gender? The current study had two purposes. The first purpose investigated the effectiveness of the sport education tactical model (SETM) during game play...
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With school-aged youth spending less time in physical education, school–community–university partnerships offer potential to promote physical activity among school-aged youth. The VERB™ Summer Scorecard (VSS) program was designed in Lexington, Kentucky, to promote physical activity among "tweens" (8- to 13-year-olds). VSS since has been implemented...
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Physical education teachers can champion their profession through marketing the importance of physical activity to children and families in the communities they serve. Social marketing, a consumer-based approach to behavior change, is an excellent choice for physical education teachers who want to ‘sell’ physical activity to their ‘audiences’. This...
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Adolescents with disabilities report lower self-perceived quality of life and poor health outcomes due to disparities such as access to community resources. Both young people with intellectual disabilities and their families have less access to health-related services. Due to the existence of barriers due locality (i.e. rural versus urban) and disa...
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One of the major goals of any physical education teacher education (PETE) program is to adequately prepare preservice teachers to provide quality physical education instruction. Assessment is vital for the success of any program and should be completed on a regular basis. Borrowing from a successful tool in community health practice, the use of com...
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Purpose: Healthy People 2020 recommends that the health of individuals with disability be improved by improving life conditions and addressing the lack of resources for individuals with disabilities. HP 2020 further recommends the use of community-based interventions to improve quality of life of those living with a disability. Effective community...
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Purpose: Young people with disabilities are faced with many restrictions for participation in the school and community, particularly in rural schools. These converging barriers create the need to examine the effect of context on students with disabilities. The purpose of this study was to compare health-related quality of life, health status, and a...
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Background/Purpose: VERBTM Summer Scorecard (VSS) has used social marketing to successfully promote physical activity for urban and suburban youth. The purpose of this study was to adapt the program to meet the needs of a minority, rural population. Method: Qualitative marketing research methods including focus groups were used to gather data from...
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We assessed changes in the frequency of self-reported physical activity (PA) among tween girls exposed and not exposed to the VERB™ Summer Scorecard (VSS) intervention in Lexington, Kentucky, during 2004, 2006, and 2007. Girls who reported 0-1 day per week of PA were classified as having little or no PA. Girls who reported 2-3 days of PA were class...
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A school district received a Physical Education for Progress grant (PEP). PEP grants are part of the Carol M. White Program and are administered by the U.S. Department of Education. These grants are available to local educational agencies to initiate, expand, or improve physical education (PE) programs. The purpose of this study was to determine th...
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Original scientific paper Psychosocial variables can mediate physical activity and health-related fitness. The purpose of this study was to explore student attitudes toward physical education among students in Georgia (US) which recently implemented a policy requiring statewide fitness testing. A paper-pencil survey and fitness testing were adminis...
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Effective instruction in a university physical activity program is essential if the program desires to meet the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE, 1998) guidelines for an appropriate college/university physical activity instructional program. To meet these guidelines, an instructor can use the Personalized System of Instr...
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Background/Significance/Purpose: High-poverty rural school systems across the country are struggling to address dual youth challenges that threaten their students' future quality of lifeobesity and academic achievement. In rural southeastern Georgia, students suffer from other poor health outcomes due to the disparities in resources available in th...
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Original scientific paper The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between physical fitness (PF) and academic achievement (AA) in an urban setting. Participants (N = 172) consisted of elementary students (M age =7.62, SD=.96) enrolled in physical education (PE) class. The investigators administered the FITNESSGRAM fitness test to a...

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