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K. Toivo, H. Vähä-Ypyä, P. Kannus, K. Tokola, L. Alanko, O. J. Heinonen, R. Korpelainen, J. Parkkari, K. Savonen, H. Selänne, S. Kokko, U. M. Kujala, J. Villberg & T. Vasankari (2023) Physical activity measured by accelerometry among adolescents participating in sports clubs and non-participating peers, European Journal of Sport Science, 23:7, 1426-1434, DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2022.2103740.

Physical activity measured by accelerometry among adolescents participating in sports clubs and non-participating peers

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Author: Toivo, K.1,2; Vähä-Ypyä, H.2; Kannus, P.2;
Organizations: 1Tampere Research Center of Sports Medicine, UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research, Tampere, Finland
2UKK Institute for HealthPromotion Research, Tampere, Finland
3Clinic for Sports and Exercise Medicine, Helsinki, Finland
4Central Finland Hospital, Jyväskylä, Finland
5Paavo Nurmi Centre & Unit of Health and Physical Activity, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
6Department of Sports and Exercise Medicine,Oulu Deaconess Institute Foundation sr., Oulu, Finland
7Center for Life Course Health Research, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
8MedicalResearch Center, University of Oulu and University Hospital of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
9Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University ofJyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland
10Kuopio Research Institute of Exercise Medicine, Kuopio, Finland
11Department of Clinical Physiology and NuclearMedicine, Kuopio University Hospital, Kuopio, Finland
12Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland
13Faculty ofMedicine and Health Technology, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland
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Published: Informa, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-10-25


The purpose of this descriptive cross-sectional study is to describe the amount and intensity of physical activity (PA) measured by accelerometry among adolescents participating in organized sports (SCP) and age-matched non-participating peers (NP). SCPs (332) and NPs (139) wore an accelerometer on the hip for seven days. PA was reported using the 1-min exponential moving average. The current moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) recommendation of at least an average of 60 min of MVPA daily was reached by 85% of SCPs and 45% of NPs (p < 0.001). During training days, the MVPA times among SCPs ranged from 153 ± 39 min in males and 109 ± 35 min in females participating in basketball to 113 ± 33 min in males participating in floorball and 83 ± 32 min in females participating in gymnastics. Sports participation contributes rather strongly to the accumulation of the recommended amount of MVPA. During training days, SCPs, except for females participating in gymnastics, accumulated more MVPA than NPs. During non-training days, only males participating in cross-country skiing and females participating in track and field accumulated more MVPA than NPs.

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Series: European journal of sport science
ISSN: 1746-1391
ISSN-E: 1536-7290
ISSN-L: 1536-7290
Volume: 23
Issue: 7
Pages: 1426 - 1434
DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2022.2103740
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 315 Sport and fitness sciences
Funding: This study was financially supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture (major, [Grant number: 6/091/2011]) and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health (minor, [Grant number: 152/THL/TE/2012]).
Dataset Reference: The data cannot be shared because permission was not asked from the participants or their parents.
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