A1 Journal article (refereed)
Physical activity measured by accelerometry among adolescents participating in sports clubs and non-participating peers (2023)

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. (2023). Physical activity measured by accelerometry among adolescents participating in sports clubs and non-participating peers. European Journal of Sport Science, 23(7), 1426-1434. https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2022.2103740

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All authors or editorsToivo, 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 seriesEuropean Journal of Sport Science



Publication year2023

Publication date21/07/2022


Issue number7

Pages range1426-1434

PublisherInforma UK Limited

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially 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.

Keywordsphysical activityyoung peoplesportsphysical trainingsports clubsparticipationtraininghobbies

Free keywordsaccelerometer; organized sports participation; physical activity; adolescence

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Reporting Year2022

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