A comparison of health and physical activity levels between first year and third year Cardiff Metropolitan University students
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of the present study was to compare health and physical activity between first year and third year students at Cardiff Metropolitan University. A sample of 74 students (first year n = 37, third year n = 37) participated in the study. The participants completed a questionnaire (International Physical Activity Questionnaire) to determine the amount of physical activity (walking, moderate and vigorous) they undertook in a typical week. As well as this, participants underwent physiological measurements including blood pressure readings and body mass index (BMI). Subsequently, quantitative data was entered into SPSS and analysed using non-parametric tests. The main findings of the study showed males in year 3 had significantly higher BMI levels and systolic blood pressure than males in year 1, and females in years 1 and 3. Additionally, higher physical activity levels were reported by third year students compares to first year students. Future research is required to include further measurements of health, increase knowledge surrounding health and physical activity habits in student populations and encourage initiatives in this area.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT AND EXERCISE SCIENCE
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