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A great sporting nation? Sport participation in New Zealand youth

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posted on 2024-06-17, 23:05 authored by H Wong, L Foley, T Olds, Ralph MaddisonRalph Maddison
Sport is a key avenue to promote regular physical activity and health in young people. The study aim was to describe sport participation in New Zealand young people. A national cross-sectional survey of young people aged 5–24 years (n=2,503) was conducted. Use of time, demographic and anthropometric data were analysed for participants aged 10–18 years (n=1,308) to identify patterns of sport participation. Overall, 894 (68%) participants reported engaging in sport. Average daily participation was 48 minutes of sport and 153 minutes of moderate-vigorous physical activity; sport participation therefore accounted for 31% of moderatevigorous physical activity by time. Sport participation was higher in males than females, in younger (10–14 years) than older (15–18 years) participants, and in Pacific young people than in other ethnic groups. Pacific youth reported the highest participation in team-based sports but the lowest participation in individual-based sports. There were gender, age and ethnic differences in the most popular sports. Overall, sport participation contributed considerably to daily physical activity. Females were particularly ‘at-risk’ for lower sport participation, and may benefit from targeted intervention. The popularity of sports differed among demographic groups, suggesting it is important to ensure a range of sports are accessible to young people.

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New Zealand medical student journal

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18-23

Location

Dunedin, New Zealand

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  • Yes

ISSN

1176-5178

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1179-3597

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2016, The Authors

Issue

23

Publisher

New Zealand Medical Student Journal Organising Committee

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