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Res Q Exerc Sport. 2012 Sep;83(3):376-82.

Differences in the intensity and duration of adolescents' sports and exercise across physical and social environments.

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Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 90033-9045, USA. dunton@usc.edu

Abstract

We used data from the American Time Use Survey (years 2003-06) to analyze whether the intensity and duration of high school students' (ages 15-18 years) sports and exercise bouts differed across physical and social environments. Boys' sports and exercise bouts were more likely to reach a vigorous intensity when taking place at school and with friends/acquaintances/other people; whereas girls' sports and exercise bouts were more likely to reach a vigorous intensity when outdoors and alone. For boys and girls, bout durations were greater at school and with friends/acquaintances/other people than in other environments. Overall, environmental influences on the intensity but not duration of sports and exercise bouts appear to differ between boys and girls.

PMID:
22978186
DOI:
10.1080/02701367.2012.10599871
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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