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NBP. Nauka, bezbednost, policija
2004, vol. 9, br. 2-3, str. 235-258
jezik rada: engleski
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Leisure and physical activity characteristics of 12-to-17 yrs old Greek students
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aDept of Physical Education and Sports Science -Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
bLondon Institute of Sport & Exercise - Middlesex University, U.K.
cLoughborough University - Dept of Physical Education, Sports Science & Rec. Management, U.K.

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This study examines the leisure and physical activity (PA) characteristics of students of an urban area (Thessaloniki - North Greece). A cross sectional sample of 911 students (12, 15 and 17 yrs old) were selected from 17 public schools of 5 different districts of Thessaloniki. Data was collected with the Physical Activity and Lifestyle Questionnaire. The results showed that leisure and PA characteristics change, as students grow older. Young students, and especially girls, reported a low interest for PA and sports and high interest for social interaction. The hours spent on TV viewing and sedentary leisure activities did not correlate with students’ PA level. Furthermore, accessibility to the sport facilities and improved sport infrastructure did not correlate with students’ PA involvement. The participation of older students in organized activities is very low. This sedentary behaviour increases dramatically as children grow older probably because of the increased academic responsibilities both in and out of school. Schools constitute the most important environment in activating students of all ages. The findings of this study stress the need for the implementation of ecological models of intervention to promote PA in school and community settings.

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