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Nastava i vaspitanje
2012, vol. 61, iss. 1, pp. 183-194
article language: Serbian
document type: Original Scientific Paper

Physical activity in adolescence: Age and gender differences
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Sports and Physical Education


Effects of the Applied Physical Activity to Locomotor, Metabolic, Psycho-Social and Educational Status of the Population of the Republic of Serbia (MESTD - 47015)
Improving the quality and accessibility of education in modernization processes in Serbia (MESTD - 47008)


The results of previous research on physical activity stress its importance for general development of the individual throughout lifespan, especially important in adolescence, but also indicate the tendency of its decline in this developmental period. The aim of our research was to establish the level of physical activity among adolescents in our community and eventual age and gender differences. The sample included 838 students: 472 elementary-school students of the seventh and eighth grades, and 366 the firth- and third-grade high-school students. The PAQ-A questionnaire for physical activity was used for determining the levels of physical activity. The results of the analysis by the application of AHOVA variance test revealed differences in the levels of physical engagements between elementary-school and high-school students in favour of elementary-school students (younger adolescence age). Further, gender differences were also found in favour of male adolescents. As for particular segments of physical activity, the highest levels for both gender and age groups were found during Physical Education classes. Boys show a higher level in most segments of general physical activity than girls. Programmes for stimulating physical activity among adolescents should particularly pay attention to the transitional period from elementary to high school, gender, and preferences of adolescents regarding sport and other forms of physical activity.



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