This study examined the relationship between intrapersonal correlates and being sufficiently active for health benefits in youth and adolescents (12-17 years of age). Participants completed questionnaires that assessed physical activity in the form of energy expenditure and intrapersonal correlates. Being in the sufficiently active group (> 8 kcal per day per kg of body weight) was associated with engaging in a greater array of physical activities, reporting greater levels of health, reporting a better home life, and spending less time in sedentary activities. The results provided preliminary evidence that selected intrapersonal correlates were associated with youth and adolescents who were sufficiently active to attain health benefits.
Kevin S. Spink, Karen Chad, Nazeem Muhajarine, Louise Humbert, Patrick Odnokon, Catherine Gryba and Kristal Anderson
Kevin S. Spink, Christopher A. Shields, Karen Chad, Patrick Odnokon, Nazeem Muhajarine and Louise Humbert
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.
Mark W. Bruner, Karen E. Chad, Jodie A. Beattie-Flath, M. Louise Humbert, Tanya C. Verrall, Lan Vu and Nazeem Muhajarine
This study monitored the physical activity behavior of adolescent students over a ten month school year. Physical activity was assessed at two month intervals using selfreport and objective (Actical accelerometers) measures. Self-report results (n = 547) indicated a decline in physical activity throughout the school year for all grades and genders. The decline was attributed largely to a decrease in organized activity participation. Objective physical activity results (n = 40) revealed a significant decline in activity in the latter half of the school year (February to June). Declining physical activity was attributed to a decrease in vigorous activity which was consistent across grade and gender. Collectively, the results highlight the importance of promoting consistent opportunities for adolescents to be active throughout the school year.