Measuring Physical Activity Among Youth

Authored by: Maria Hildebrand , Ulf Ekelund

Routledge Handbook of Youth Sport

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415840033
eBook ISBN: 9780203795002
Adobe ISBN: 9781134469932


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It is clearly established that physical activity is associated with health benefits and well-being (Kesaniemi et al., 2001; Kruk, 2007), while physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour are main risk factors for premature death (Kokkinos et al., 2011; Lee et al., 2012). Hence, physical activity is one of the most important lifestyle factors for improving public health and disease prevention in children, youth and adults. Accurate assessment of physical activity and sedentary behaviour is necessary to establish a dose-response relationship between physical activity, sedentary behaviour and various health outcomes as an inaccurate assessment of physical activity and sedentary behaviour may weaken the true association between the exposure and outcome. Further, valid and reliable methods for assessing physical activity and sedentary behaviour are essential when monitoring the effect of interventions to make cross-cultural comparisons: and to determine trends in physical activity and sedentary behaviour (Wareham et al., 1998).

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