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TitleLevel of physical activity in universties students: a cross-cultural studies
Author(s)Rogel, Thiago
Pereira, Beatriz
Ignjatovic, Aleksandar
Editor(s)Miroslav, Bobrík
Branislav, Antala
Robin, Pělucha
KeywordsLevel of physical acitvity
Sedentary behavior
University students
Issue date2020
PublisherSlovak Scientific Society for Physical Education and Sport
CitationRogel, T.; Pereira, B. & Ignjatovic, A. (2020). Level of Physical Activity in Universties Students: a Cross-Cultural Studies. In: Bobrík, Miroslav; Antala, Branislav & Pělucha, Robin. Physical Education in Universities: Researches – Best Practices – Situation. 1ª ed. (pp. 37-44). Slovak Scientific Society for Physical Education and Sport and Fédération Internationale D’Éducation Physique. Bratislava: Slovakia.
Abstract(s)The aim of the present study was to assess the level of physical activity of university students from Serbia and Brazil. It is a cross-cultural study, with a quantitative approach and cross-sectional design. The non-probabilistic sample was composed of 60 students (95% female) in first years at Faculty of Education University of Jagodina, Serbia and 50 students (32% female) from the initial years of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Santos, Brazil. To assess the level of physical activity, all participants were submitted to the international Physical Activity questionnaire (IPAQ short version), using validated and translated versions for Serbian and Brazilian students. The data were tabulated to calculate the mean and standard deviation of the time spent in vigorous, moderate activities, walking and sitting time. After verifying the non-normality of the data using the Kolmogorov-smirnov test (p<0.05), the Mann-Whitney nonparametric comparison test was applied. The results found show that more than 50% of the sample has high levels of physical activity (53% Serbia and 68% Brazil). No significant differences were found between countries for time spent on vigorous physical activity (p = 0.721) and time spent sitting (p = 0.216). For moderate physical activities, significant differences were found in favor of Brazilian students (p = 0.02). in contrast, the time spent on walks was significantly higher for Serbian students (p = 0.00). Such differences may have been influenced by differences in the distribution of women among men in the groups, and by different characteristics of Education and Health courses. Further research with a larger number of subjects is suggested to better understand physical inactivity among university students in different cultures. , since sedentary lifestyle presents itself as a worldwide public health problem.
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