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President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Research Digest, Series 3 n6 Jun 1999

This publication examines influences on the present and future physical activity levels of adolescents, noting that the adolescents' physical activity habits, as well as other risk factors, are likely to track into the adult years. Section 1 discusses physical activity in adolescence, noting that adolescence is a time when physical activity tends to decline. Section 2 focuses on the decline of biological drive and the rise in psychosocial influences during adolescence. Section 3 discusses the effects of gender and body composition on physical activity level during adolescence, noting that the decline in physical activity level during adolescence tends to be more exaggerated in girls. Section 4 looks at the limited access to sports play in adolescence. Section 5 discusses adolescent physical activity and other health risk factors. Section 6 focuses on the tracking of physical activity level from adolescence into the adult years. Section 7 presents strategies for promoting physical activities in adolescents, including facilitating the enjoyment of physical activity, creating separate strategies for different age groups, and taking into account various cultural and socioeconomic factors. (SM)

Descriptors: Adolescents, Athletics, Body Composition, Child Health, Health Behavior, Health Promotion, Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Secondary Education, Sex Differences

President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, HHH Building, Room 738-H, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20201. Tel: 202-690-9000; Fax: 202-690-5211; Web site: .

Autor: Rowland, Thomas W.


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