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Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Play by Don Vinson, Andrew Parker

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8    Physical activity and sedentary behaviour among adolescents

Christopher S. Owens, Diane Crone, David V. B. James

Introduction

There is widespread concern about the low levels of physical activity and high rates of sedentary behaviour in adolescents1 in the UK (Department of Health, 2011). Lifestyle choices, such as physical activity participation, are established and embedded as people proceed through adolescence; thus the amount of physical activity undertaken by adolescents in their teenage years is increasingly recognised as a key determinant of physical activity levels in adulthood (Hallal et al., 2006a). Additionally, adequate participation in physical activity during childhood and adolescence may play a significant role in the prevention ...

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