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Finnish late adolescents’ physical activity during COVID-19 spring 2020 lockdown

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dc.contributor.author Ng, Kwok W.
dc.contributor.author Koski, Pasi
dc.contributor.author Lyyra, Nelli
dc.contributor.author Palomaki, Sanna
dc.contributor.author Mononen, Kaisu
dc.contributor.author Blomqvist, Minna
dc.contributor.author Vasankari, Tommi
dc.contributor.author Kokko, Sami
dc.date.accessioned 2021-12-08T11:38:25Z
dc.date.available 2021-12-08T11:38:25Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/10849
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Physical activity (PA) is recognised as one of the leading and effective strategies to prevent non-communicable diseases that boosts the immune system to fight against diseases. Closures of schools, sport clubs and facilities because of COVID-19 reduced the opportunities to participate in PA. We aimed to examine physical activity levels of late adolescents, the contexts to be physical active and its changes during the spring 2020 lockdown. Methods: A national representative sample of late adolescents in general upper secondary school (n =2408, females=64%, mean age=17.2y, SD=0.63) completed self-report online surveys on PA behaviours between March and June 2020. Multinominal logistic regression analyses were performed to identify correlates with PA, and decision tree analyses to ascertain the perceived changes on PA during lockdown based on sport club aspirations and levels of PA. Results: Among the late adolescents, the distribution of PA frequency was 23% (0-2days/week), 35% (3-4days/ week), 30% (5–6days/week) and 12% (7days/week), and differences between males and females were not statisti cally signifcant. Participation in both indoor and outdoor PA were 50 times more likely to report daily PA (OR=54.28, CI=15.16–194.37) than non-participation. A quarter of late adolescents were not part of a sports club, yet their PA levels increased. Although sports club members generally perceived they did less PA during lockdown, over a third of sport club members with competitive aspirations reported daily PA. Conclusions: Overall, most late adolescents reported their PA levels decreased during lockdown. Findings from this study continue to demonstrate factors associated with PA in the context of the COVID-19 lockdown. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher BMC en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries BMC Public Health;21,2197
dc.subject Organised sport en_US
dc.subject Physical education en_US
dc.subject Walking en_US
dc.title Finnish late adolescents’ physical activity during COVID-19 spring 2020 lockdown en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/s12889-021-12263-w
dc.contributor.sponsor Strategic Research Council
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 3044711


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