Does sports club participation contribute to physical activity among children and adolescents? : A comparison across six European countries
Kokko, S., Martin, L., Geidne, S., Hoye, A. V., Lane, A., Meganck, J., Scheerder, J., Seghers, J., Villberg, J., Kudlacek, M., Badura, P., Mononen, K., Blomqvist, M., De Clercq, B., & Koski, P. (2019). Does sports club participation contribute to physical activity among children and adolescents? : A comparison across six European countries. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 47(8), 851-858. https://doi.org/10.1177/1403494818786110
Published inScandinavian Journal of Public Health
© Author(s) 2018
Aims: Insufficient physical activity (PA) is one of the largest public health challenges of our time and requires a multisectoral public-health response. PA recommendations state that all children and adolescents should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) daily and carry out vigorous PA (VPA) three times weekly. While participation in sports club activities is known to enhance the probability of reaching the recommended overall PA level, less is known about the contribution of sports club participation to VPA, and few cross-national comparisons have been carried out. The purpose of this paper is to study whether participation in sports club activities is associated with meeting the overall PA and VPA recommendations among children and adolescents across six European countries, namely Belgium (Flanders), Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ireland and Sweden. Methods: Analyses were carried out on existing self-reported national data sets using descriptive statistics and logistic regression. Results: Results indicate that approximately two-thirds of children and adolescents take part in sports club activities in the given countries. Sports club participants were more likely to meet the overall PA recommendations (OR 2.4–6.4) and VPA recommendation (OR 2.8–5.0) than non-participants. Conclusions: The extent to which overall PA and/or VPA is gained through sports club participation versus other settings needs to be further studied. Nonetheless, it can be argued that sports clubs have an important position in PA promotion for younger populations. ...
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
Publication in research information system
MetadataShow full item record
- Liikuntatieteiden tiedekunta 
Additional information about fundingThe author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.
Showing items with similar title or keywords.
Sociodemographic Correlates of Parental Co-Participation in Digital Media Use and Physical Play of Preschool-Age Children Hasanen, Elina; Koivukoski, Henriikka; Kortelainen, Lauri; Vehmas, Hanna; Sääkslahti, Arja (MDPI AG, 2021)Young children’s digital media use and physical activity have gained attention in recent research. Parental co-participation has a major impact on children’s health consequences. This study addressed a gap in the research ...
Katainen, Annukka (2020)Inactivity is a global trend that causes high costs for societies. Even children are engaged in a sedentary lifestyle from the early age even though physical activity has many positive effects on individual’s health. To ...
Sääkslahti, Arja; Tammelin, Tuija; Vasankari, Tommi; Korsberg, Minttu (Liikuntatieteellinen seura, 2021)Uudistunut liikkumissuositus lapsille ja nuorille suosittaa kaikille 7−17-vuotiaille monipuolista, reipasta ja rasittavaa liikkumista vähintään 60 minuuttia päivässä yksilölle sopivalla tavalla, ikä huomioiden. Runsasta ...
Height and body-mass index trajectories of school-aged children and adolescents from 1985 to 2019 in 200 countries and territories: a pooled analysis of 2181 population-based studies with 65 million participants NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (Elsevier BV, 2020)Background Comparable global data on health and nutrition of school-aged children and adolescents are scarce. We aimed to estimate age trajectories and time trends in mean height and mean body-mass index (BMI), which ...
Prevalence of adolescent physical activity-related injuries in sports, leisure time, and school: the National Physical Activity Behaviour Study for children and Adolescents Räisänen, Anu M.; Kokko, Sami; Pasanen, Kati; Leppänen, Mari; Rimpelä, Arja; Villberg, Jari; Parkkari, Jari (BioMed Central, 2018)Background The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence of adolescent physical activity-related injuries in sports club activities, leisure time physical activity and school-based physical activity. The ...