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A Physical Activity Program in Swedish Physically Inactive Female High School Students: A Controlled Intervention Study
Karolinska institutet.
Karolinska institutet.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6653-3414
2014 (English)In: Journal of Physical Activity and Health, ISSN 1543-3080, E-ISSN 1543-5476, Vol. 11, no 6, 1162-1169 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND:

Physical activity and sport participation often decline during adolescence.

AIM:

To investigate if physical exercise during six months could lead to a positive behaviour of physical activity, improve physical fitness and self-related health in physically inactive female high school students.

METHODS:

A prospective cluster-randomized controlled intervention study included 104 physically inactive female high school students, 60 in an intervention group and 44 controls. At baseline there were no group differences regarding self-related health. The intervention group exercised at least once per week. A questionnaire and physical fitness tests were used for evaluation, at baseline and 6 months later.

RESULTS:

The intervention group improved their self-related health compared to the controls (p=0.012). When divided into a regular (n=27) and an irregular training group (n=33) the regular training group improved their self-related health compared to the controls, while the irregular training group did not differ from the other groups. Maximal oxygen consumption was improved in the intervention group compared to the controls (p<0.001). No group differences were found in muscle strength and endurance.

CONCLUSION:

Physical exercise at least once per week during six months improved physical fitness (maximal oxygen consumption) and self-related health in physically inactive female high school students.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Human Kinetics , 2014. Vol. 11, no 6, 1162-1169 p.
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Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-20452DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2012-0321OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-20452DiVA: diva2:675814
Available from: 2013-12-04 Created: 2013-12-04 Last updated: 2015-01-15Bibliographically approved

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