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Revista Andaluza de Medicina del Deporte

On-line version ISSN 2172-5063Print version ISSN 1888-7546


GRECA, J.P.A. et al. Student and parental perception about physical activity in children and adolescents. Rev Andal Med Deporte [online]. 2016, vol.9, n.1, pp.12-16. ISSN 2172-5063.

Introduction: This study aimed to investigate the association between physical activity levels of children and adolescents and the perception of their parents or guardians regarding physical activity of their children. Method: A total of 306 subjects, aged eight to eighteen years, living in a city in southern Brazil, participated in the study. The physical activity of schoolchildren was measured using the Physical Activity Questionnaire for Children. The Chi-squared test examined possible associations between the independent and dependent variables. Poisson regression was used to calculate the prevalence ratio and confidence intervals of 95%. Results: The prevalence of schoolchildren who were insufficiently physically active was 86.6%. The incidence of physically active schoolchildren was lower in females. Both the children who perceived themselves as more physically active than their peers and those with guardians who perceived them as active, were more active. Conclusions: Intervention programs to promote physical activity in schoolchildren should consider the perception of the schoolchildren and their parents.

Keywords : Health; Sedentary lifestyle; Adolescent.

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