Correlates of Structured and Unstructured Activity among Sufficiently Active Youth and Adolescents: A New Approach to Understanding Physical Activity

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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The present study examines whether the correlates of physical activity relevant to sufficiently active youth and adolescents differed as a function of type (structured or unstructured) of physical activity. Participants completed measures of physical activity and activity correlates. The most frequently cited correlates were enjoyment, friends’ participation, and friends’ support. Significant differences were found across type of activity for enjoyment, perceived competence, parental support, coaches’ support, and friends’ participation. The results provide insight into the correlates of physical activity in this population and provide preliminary evidence that different correlates may be associated with different activities.

Spink, Chad, Odnokon, and Humbert are with the College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan, 87 Campus Drive, Saskatoon; Shields is with the School of Recreation Management and Kinesiology, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia; Muhajarine is with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon.