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Is fitness level in childhood associated with physical activity level as an adult?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19827456     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to examine the possible influence of childhood physical fitness on physical activity level and some of its psychosocial determinants as an adult. Childhood (age 10-12 years) data from the longitudinal Trois-Rivières Growth and Development Study (body mass index, Physical Work Capacity (PWC170)), number of sit-ups/min, left + right hands grip strength) were correlated with adult data (age 35.0 +/- 0.3 years) for physical activity (PA) level, attitude toward PA, intention to exercise, perceived barriers to exercise and support of an active lifestyle by significant others. No significant relationships between childhood physical fitness and adulthood PA were found. Although the sample size is relatively small, our data suggest that the preadolescent physical fitness level has no measurable impact on adult habitual PA, attitudes toward PA, intentions to exercise, perceived barriers to exercise or support from the individual's entourage.
François Trudeau; Louis Laurencelle; Roy J Shephard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric exercise science     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0899-8493     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Exerc Sci     Publication Date:  2009 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-10-15     Completed Date:  2009-11-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8909729     Medline TA:  Pediatr Exerc Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  329-38     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Activity Sciences, Université du Québec à Trois-Riviéres, Trois-Riviéres, Quebec, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Health Behavior*
Longitudinal Studies
Physical Fitness / psychology*
Sex Factors
Time Factors

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