Physical inactivity has become a global problem, with more than half the world’s population not reaching modest physical activity levels (World Health Organisation, 2005). Moreover, through several longitudinal studies it has been shown that physical activity levels decline drastically during adolescence ( eg, Aaron et al, 2002). Crosssectional
population studies support these findings and in particular, statistics from the Scottish Health Survey indicate that among Scottish girls physical activity levels decline with age after the age of 8-10. By the age of 13-15 only 41% of Scottish girls achieve the recommended level of physical activity for health (i.e., 60 minutes of physical activity 7 days per week) compared with 68% of boys (Scottish Executive, 2005). As a result, teenage girls have been identified as a priority in the National Physical Activity Implementation Framework 2008-2011 (Lowther & Reid, 2008).
A number of research studies have revealed a high rate of decline in girls’ participation in sport and other physical activity during adolescence. The aim of this study was to examine changes in physical activity as girls make the transition from primary to secondary school, and then progress through the early stages of secondary school, and to identify psychological and physical factors that may influence these changes in physical activity. Over 200 girls were recruited from 17 Edinburgh primary schools in May 2006 and volunteered to complete questionnaires to measure demographic characteristics, physical activity levels, maturation status, perceptions of competence, and motives for physical activity, and also participate in physical assessments of height, weight and body fat. The girls were tracked to six secondary schools and reassessment was undertaken in November 2006 (S1; n = 162), May 2007 (S1; n = 156), and November 2007 (S2; n = 131).
Editor's comments - [ The purpose of this project was to focus on the time period bewteen primary and seconday eduaction, for changing levels of physical activity in teenage girls. Specifically, the project has monitored a group of Scottish girls at six-monthly intervals over 18 months as they progressed from primary to secondary school. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : Niven, AG. Fawkner, SG. Knowles, AM. Henretty, JM. (2009). From Primary to Secondary School: Changes in Scottish Girls’ Physical Activity and the
Influence of Maturation and Perceptions of Competence. Edinburgh: Sportscotland
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