From secondary school to university: associations between sport participation and total and domain-specific sedentary behaviours in Spanish students
Taylor and Francis
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Effective ways to reduce sedentary behaviour in adolescents are needed to mitigate the risk of chronic disease and poor mental health. Organised sport participation is the most practiced physical activity during adolescence. However, the influence sport participation has on sedentary behaviours remains unclear. This study investigated the associations between sport participation, total and domain-specific sedentary behaviour and physical activity during the transition from secondary school to university. A 3-year longitudinal survey followed Spanish secondary school students (n = 113) to their first year of university. Generalized linear models, adjusted by gender and year, assessed the relationships between sport participation, total and domain-specific sedentary behaviour and physical activity. Compared with non-sport participants, teenagers who played individual sports from baseline during secondary school spent significantly less total time sitting (− 110.5 min/day at weekends), watching television (− 18.7 min/day at weekends) or using the computer for leisure (− 37.4 min/day weekdays). Those who played team sports from baseline at secondary school spent less time sitting (− 126.4 min/day at weekends) or socialising (− 37 min/day at weekends). Conclusion: From secondary school to university, sport participation–based interventions might be an effective strategy to reduce sitting time spent on some domain-specific behaviours. Promoting sports could reduce the rise of sedentary behaviour during adolescence, a stage where sedentary behaviour evolves.
European Journal of Pediatrics;
Prat, I.A., Viñolas, E.C., Cañas, J.M., Wasley, D.A. and Puig-Ribera, A. (2020) 'From secondary school to university: associations between sport participation and total and domain-specific sedentary behaviours in Spanish students', European Journal of Pediatrics.
Article published in European Journal of Pediatrics on 06 May 2020, available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00431-020-03655-y.
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR) under grant number 2012 FI_B 00506.
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