Adolescent Physical Activity and Motivational Profiles While Keeping a Physical Activity Record

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Purpose: This study examined the relationship between adolescents (N = 124) from physical education classes keeping a daily online leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) record and feelings of competence toward LTPA, motivational profiles toward LTPA, and LTPA behaviors. Method: A repeated measures ANCOVA was used to examine the relationships between recording compliance and perceived competence, motivation, and physical activity. Results: As students kept the LTPA record, boys’ LTPA levels significantly increased and girls’ levels significantly decreased. A significant interaction between recording compliance and introjected regulation was found; the more students recorded the less motivated they were by guilt or obligation to exercise. A significant interaction was found between recording compliance and intrinsic regulation, showing the more students recorded the more intrinsically motivated they were to exercise in their leisure time. Discussion/Conclusion: Implications and suggestions are described for physical education professionals.

Fullmer, Wilkinson, Prusak, and Pennington are with the Department of Teacher Education, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. Eggett is with the Department of Statistics, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.

Address author correspondence to Carol Wilkinson at carol_wilkinson@byu.edu.
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