School Students’ Physical Activity: Physical Activity and Its Contributing Factors in Young People

Abdullah Alkhawaldeh1, Omar Al Omari, Mohammed Al Bashtawy, Moawiah Khatatbeh, Mohammad Suliman, Asem Abdalrahim, Jamal Qaddumi, Ali Ibnian, Bayan Al Bashtawy, Ahmad Ayed, Mahmoud Alsaraireh, Omar Khraisat, Khloud Al Dammerry, Sa’d Al Bashtawy


There is a dearth of research conducted in Jordan regarding contributing factors of physical activity among school students. The current study investigated the contributing factors of physical activity among Jordanian school students. A cross-sectional study design was used to collect data from 260 students using a self-reported questionnaire. The physical activity was measured by the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ). The results indicated that more than half of the students reported being physically active (58.5%). In the past six months, physical activity among school students was associated with Body Mass Index (BMI) and self-perceived health status. Logistic regression indicated that students who perceived their health status as Very Good/Excellent were more likely to be active than those who perceived their health status as Fair/Poor/Good (OR = 5.19; CI = 2.940-9.194). This study offers new understanding of the factors affecting physical activity among school students. The results indicated that physical activity education should be compulsory in the school setting.


 Keywords:physical activity, school students, International Physical Activity Questionnaire.


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