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PLAY Study

Study Type


Study Purpose

The PLAY research study will evaluate if a specially designed program delivered through a mobile phone app can help improve fundamental motor skills in pre-school aged kids.

Fundamental motor skills, like running, jumping and skipping, are an important foundation for kids to develop healthy physical activity habits and continue those habits into adolescence. Fundamental motor skills also play a role in children’s readiness for kindergarten.

About the Study

PLAY participants and parents will attend an initial screening visit at a local YMCA to learn about the study, review participation guidelines, and receive a wearable device to track physical activity, which will be used for 7 days at a time and returned at a later visit.

Participants and parents will have three additional visits at the YMCA during the study (over a 6-month period). Each visit will be about 1 hour.

All parents of enrolled participants will receive a study app on their phone. One app focuses on free play and the other app focuses on motor skills. Parents and children will use the app for 12-weeks for about 1 hour each week. Each week will have a “mission,” and child can earn stars on the app as they complete their mission.

Study Design

Number of Visits:

  • 1 screening visit
  • 3 study visits


  • Body measurements (height, weight)
  • Surveys/Questionnaires
  • Movement skills assessment
  • Activity monitor

Study Qualifications

To qualify, participants in this study should:

  • Be 3-5 years of age
  • Be physically capable of exercise
  • Have a parent willing to download an app to their smartphone and help their child complete physical activities throughout the study

* You may not qualify for this study based on other eligibility criteria not listed. The study coordinator will go over this information in detail.

Study Duration

Enrollment in this study will last approximately 7 months. The active participation will last approximately 12 weeks.


Compensation of up to $75 is offered for the completion of this study.

Study Contact

Parents, are you ready to see if your child qualifies for the PLAY research study? Click here to screen online, call 225-763-3000 or e-mail

If you think you may be eligible, please click the button below to screen online.

Please do not fill out this questionnaire for anyone other than yourself unless you are their legal guardian.
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