A1 Journal article (refereed)
Physical activity measured by accelerometry among adolescents participating in sports clubs and non-participating peers (2022)

Toivo, K., Vähä-Ypyä, H., Kannus, P., Tokola, K., Alanko, L., Heinonen, O. J., Korpelainen, R., Parkkari, J., Savonen, K., Selänne, H., Kokko, S., Kujala, U. M., Villberg, J., & Vasankari, T. (2022). Physical activity measured by accelerometry among adolescents participating in sports clubs and non-participating peers. European Journal of Sport Science, Early online. https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2022.2103740

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Toivo, Kerttu; Vähä-Ypyä, Henri; Kannus, Pekka; Tokola, Kari; Alanko, Lauri; Heinonen, Olli. J.; Korpelainen, Raija; Parkkari, Jari; Savonen, Kai; Selänne, Harri; et al.

Journal or series: European Journal of Sport Science

ISSN: 1746-1391

eISSN: 1536-7290

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 21/07/2022

Volume: Early online

Publisher: Informa UK Limited

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2022.2103740

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/82648


The purpose of this descriptive cross-sectional study is to describe the amount and intensity of physical activity (PA) measured by accelerometry among adolescents participating in organized sports (SCP) and age-matched non-participating peers (NP). SCPs (332) and NPs (139) wore an accelerometer on the hip for 7 days. PA was reported using the 1 min exponential moving average. The current moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) recommendation of at least an average of 60 minutes of MVPA daily was reached by 85% of SCPs and 45% of NPs (p < 0.001). During training days, the MVPA times among SCPs ranged from 153 ± 39 min in males and 109 ± 35 min in females participating in basketball to 113 ± 33 min in males participating in floorball and 83 ± 32 min in females participating in gymnastics. ­Sports participation contributes rather strongly to the accumulation of the recommended amount of MVPA. During training days SCPs, except for females participating in gymnastics, accumulated more MVPA than NPs. During non-training days only males participating in cross country skiing and females participating in track and field accumulated more MVPA than NPs.

Keywords: physical activeness; young people; sports; physical training; sports clubs; participation; training; hobbies

Free keywords: accelerometer; organized sports participation; physical activity; adolescence

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2022

Preliminary JUFO rating: 1

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