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Physical education class participation is associated with physical activity among adolescents in 65 countries

Uddin, Riaz, Salmon, Jo, Shariful Islam, Sheikh Mohammed and Khan, Asaduzzaman 2020, Physical education class participation is associated with physical activity among adolescents in 65 countries, Scientific Reports, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-79100-9.

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Title Physical education class participation is associated with physical activity among adolescents in 65 countries
Author(s) Uddin, RiazORCID iD for Uddin, Riaz orcid.org/0000-0001-8133-9732
Salmon, JoORCID iD for Salmon, Jo orcid.org/0000-0002-4734-6354
Shariful Islam, Sheikh MohammedORCID iD for Shariful Islam, Sheikh Mohammed orcid.org/0000-0001-7926-9368
Khan, Asaduzzaman
Journal name Scientific Reports
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Article ID 22128
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2020-12-17
ISSN 2045-2322
Summary In this study we examined the associations of physical education class participation with physical activity among adolescents. We analysed the Global School-based Student Health Survey data from 65 countries (N = 206,417; 11–17 years; 49% girls) collected between 2007 and 2016. We defined sufficient physical activity as achieving physical activities ≥ 60 min/day, and grouped physical education classes as ‘0 day/week’, ‘1–2 days/week’, and ‘ ≥ 3 days/week’ participation. We used multivariable logistic regression to obtain country-level estimates, and meta-analysis to obtain pooled estimates. Compared to those who did not take any physical education classes, those who took classes ≥ 3 days/week had double the odds of being sufficiently active (OR 2.05, 95% CI 1.84–2.28) with no apparent gender/age group differences. The association estimates decreased with higher levels of country’s income with OR 2.37 (1.51–3.73) for low-income and OR 1.85 (1.52–2.37) for high-income countries. Adolescents who participated in physical education classes 1–2 days/week had 26% higher odds of being sufficiently active with relatively higher odds for boys (30%) than girls (15%). Attending physical education classes was positively associated with physical activity among adolescents regardless of sex or age group. Quality physical education should be encouraged to promote physical activity of children and adolescents.
Language eng
DOI 10.1038/s41598-020-79100-9
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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