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Vedrana Sember1,2, Shawnda A. Morrison3, Gregor Jurak1, Marjeta Kovac1, Gregor Starc1

1University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Sports, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2University of Primorska, Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies, Koper, Slovenia
3University of Primorska, Faculty of Health Sciences, Izola, Slovenia

Differences in Physical Activity and Academic Performance between Urban and Rural Schoolchildren in Slovenia

Monten. J. Sports Sci. Med. 2018, 7(1), 67-72 | DOI: 10.26773/mjssm.180309

Abstract

In Slovenia, the existing studies of relations between physical activity (PA), academic performance (AP) and urbanization grade have used subjective self-reporting tools for assessing physical activity, which usually led to an underestimation of true PA. We have attempted to overcome this and have investigated the link between PA in rural and urban Slovenian schoolchildren by an objective assessment of PA, using a multi-sensor SenseWear PRO armband. The analysis showed that urban children in Slovenia are more physically active than rural children are and achieve better AP (mathematics grade). Additionally, children who are active between 60 and 120 minutes of MVPA/day have higher AP than their peers who are active less than 60 or more than 120 minutes, whereas the latter groups did not differ in academic performance.

Keywords

physical activity, mathematics, accelerometery



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