Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Holmes, Megan. E.

Committee Member

Chen, Chih-Chia

Committee Member

Smith, JohnEric William

Committee Member

Stratton-Gadke, Kasee K.

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access



Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Education


Department of Kinesiology


Physical inactivity is linked with several chronic disease. This study has a twofold purpose: first, to examine the effect bouncing feet on a band have on middle school student’s physical activity level. Secondly, to examine the relationship between fidget behavior and academic engagement. Sixth grade English classrooms (2) from a local middle school participated in the study. All students were issued a physical activity monitor to be worn on their, and during the intervention, an under-the-desk apparatus was provided to students to freely fidget. Total sedentary time increased during intervention. Use of under-the-desk band did not positively or negatively impact academic engagement. Final analysis included 19 participants. Significant increase in sedentary time and percentage of class spent in sedentary were found. As well as significant decrease in light time, percentage of light, percentage of moderate, percentage of vigorous. The use of an under-the-desk band does not negatively impact academic engagement.