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"International Journal of Physical Education, Sports and Health"

2021, Vol. 8, Issue 2, Part A

Physical activity in adolescents of Rathnapura district of Sri Lanka: Prevalence and associated factors


Author(s): Ranasinghe Sriyani and Fonseka Pushpa

Abstract:
Background: The aim of this study is to describe the physical activity pattern and associated factors among adolescent school children aged 13-14 years studying in Sinhala medium government schools of the Rathnapura district, Sri Lanka.
Methods: A school based cross sectional study was conducted and students were selected using two stage cluster sampling technique. Physical activity level and possible correlates were assessed using self administered questionnaires.
Results: Out of total 1041 students, 49% was boys and mean age of the sample was 13.8 (0.4) years. Approximately 38% of adolescent school children were sufficiently active where 40% of boys and 36.4% of girls were sufficiently active. There was no significant difference between physical activity levels by gender. Approximately 47% of adolescents either walk or ride to school while 53% used public or own vehicles for schooling.
Multivariate regression model controlling for confounders showed statistically significant associations of sufficient physical activity with type 1 AB or 1C schools; parents being physically active for >5 days per week ; thoughts and availability of active physical activity choices by adolescents when a recreational choice had to be made.
Conclusions: The study findings suggest that physical activity level of adolescent school children of Rathnapura district need to be promoted.


Pages: 35-40  |  135 Views  11 Downloads

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How to cite this article:
Ranasinghe Sriyani, Fonseka Pushpa. Physical activity in adolescents of Rathnapura district of Sri Lanka: Prevalence and associated factors. Int J Phys Educ Sports Health 2021;8(2):35-40.
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