Physical Activity and Rural Middle School Adolescents

  title={Physical Activity and Rural Middle School Adolescents},
  author={Michael P. Savage and Lisa Benz Scott},
  journal={Journal of Youth and Adolescence},
  • M. Savage, L. Scott
  • Published 1 April 1998
  • Education, Psychology
  • Journal of Youth and Adolescence
This study reports the self-reported physical activity level of rural adolescents. Eight hundred and twenty two middle school adolescents (M = 229, F = 593), mean age = 13.9 in three rural Indiana middle schools reported their participation in out-of-school physical activities over a 5 day period. Responses to the activity items were recoded into sedentary, active, and very active exercises and preferred types of exercise. Over one-third (36%) of adolescent males indicated participation in… 

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