Physical activity levels of Turkish university students with respect to gender, residence and field of study


CENGİZ C., İNCE M. L., ÇİÇEK Ş.

5. Uluslararası Hareket ve Sağlık, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 14 - 17 November 2007, pp.32

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Olomouc
  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Page Numbers: pp.32
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: No

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine physical activity participation levels of the Middle East Technical University undergraduate students with respect to gender, residence and faculty. Participants were 953 students from 5 different faculties (496 male, and 547 female). For the data collection, International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) was used. Descriptive statistics (frequency, mean, median, percentage), and nonparametric statistical methods (Mann Whitney U test, Kruskal-Wallis test) were used for the data analysis. According to the IPAQ, male students were more physically active than female counterparts. Students who were living in campus had higher physical activity levels, and faculty of architecture students were more sedentary compared to other faculty students (p <0.05). In general, 24.8% of the students were physically active, 59.9% of the students were moderately active, and 15.3% of them were inactive. In conclusion, female students, students living out of the campus and students of faculty of architecture were more at risk. Approximately 75% of the METU undergraduate students’ physical activity levels were not satisfactory for a healthy life. University physical activity facilities, extracurricular programs and the courses should be reconsidered based on the findings of this study.  

Keywords: Physical activity level, university students