Physical activity patterns in children and adolescents: A review of the literature

Darlington, Janelle and Morton, Lillian (2013) Physical activity patterns in children and adolescents: A review of the literature. European Journal of Sport Studies, 1 . ISSN 2282-5673

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Physical activity has been proven to decrease the risks of Type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and hypertension, enhance health and reduce body fat. An individual’s physical and mental well-being, flexibility, strength and cardiovascular endurance all improve with exercise. Evidence suggests that health-promoting physical activity behaviours are established during adolescence and childhood physical activity patterns are associated with adult activity patterns. The purpose of this literature review was to examine the physical activity trends across the lifespan and the declines in physical activity. There are many conflicting studies around whether children are more active during school or in the home environment. The transition from childhood to adolescence brings about a huge decline in activity levels due to many factors ranging from going through puberty to social pressures.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords that describe the item:physical activity, children
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance
ID Code:3004
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