Which domains of childhood physical activity predict physical activity in adulthood? A 20-year prospective tracking study
Verity Cleland, Terence Dwyer, Alison Venn
BRITISH JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2012
PURPOSE: It is important to examine how childhood physical activity is related to adult physical activity in order to best tailor physical activity-promotion strategies. The time- and resource-intensive nature of studies spanning childhood into adulthood means the understanding of physical activity trajectories over this time span is limited. This study aimed to determine whether childhood domain-specific physical activities predict domain-specific physical activity 20 years later in adulthood, and whether age and sex play a role in these trajectories. METHODS: In 1985, 6412 children of age 9-15 years self-reported frequency and duration of discretionary sport and exercise (leisure activity)..View full abstract
VC is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Public Health Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowship. The CDAH study was funded by grants from the NHMRC, the National Heart Foundation of Australia, the Tasmanian Community Fund and Veolia Environmental Services.