Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Relationship of Lifetime Physical Activity to School Sports Involvement

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Relationship of Lifetime Physical Activity to School Sports Involvement

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Charles B. Corbin, Arizona State University, and Wendy Heslin, The Center for Professional Development

Several recent studies in Europe have investigated the "tracking" of physical activity patterns from youth to adulthood. Fewer studies have been conducted in the United States. Sallis and other have suggested that team sports in school may not 'track" to adulthood while others have suggested that sports involvement may result in greater participation in physical activity later in life. The purpose of this study was to determine if adult physical activity patterns of former high school athletes differed from those who did not participate in high school varsity sports. After obtaining Human Subjects Committee approval 210 adults from three different corporations in three different states were studied. Activity questions from a national survey were used to assess physical activity patterns in four areas: vigorous, moderate, strength, and stretching activities. The proportion of participants from each group meeting national health goals was determined and comparisons between groups were made. …

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