Understanding the contexts of adolescent female participation in sport and physical activity

Eime, Rochelle M., Harvey, Jack T., Sawyer, Neroli A., Craike, Melinda J., Symons, Caroline M., Polman, Remco C. J. and Payne, Warren R. 2013, Understanding the contexts of adolescent female participation in sport and physical activity, Research quarterly for exercise and sport, vol. 84, no. 2, pp. 157-166, doi: 10.1080/02701367.2013.784846.

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Title Understanding the contexts of adolescent female participation in sport and physical activity
Author(s) Eime, Rochelle M.
Harvey, Jack T.
Sawyer, Neroli A.
Craike, Melinda J.
Symons, Caroline M.
Polman, Remco C. J.
Payne, Warren R.
Journal name Research quarterly for exercise and sport
Volume number 84
Issue number 2
Start page 157
End page 166
Total pages 10
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0270-1367
Keyword(s) health
Summary Purpose: Participation in physical activity (PA) is reported to decline in adolescence, particularly for girls. However, we do not know if this decline in PA is consistent across modes and settings or whether there are transfers of participation between modes and settings. Nor do we understand the changes in specific types of PA or the interaction between types of participation and different modes/settings. This study investigated contexts of PA participation for female adolescents at two life transition points.

A survey of 489 Year 7 and 243 Year 11 adolescent girls was conducted, incorporating a measure of overall PA level and participation rates in seven modes/settings and in specific types of sport and PA.

Results: Less than half of the respondents met or exceeded the recommended level of moderate or vigorous PA—60 min or more—on the previous day, and there was no statistically significant difference in the proportions in Years 7 and 11 (39.5% vs. 45.9%; p>.05). However, older adolescents shifted their participation away from organized, competitive modes and settings toward nonorganized and noncompetitive modes and settings and individual types of PA.

An understanding of the changes in PA modes and settings identified here can inform the planning of policies and implementation of programs for the promotion of PA by adolescent girls.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02701367.2013.784846
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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