Environmental resources moderating social support and school sports participation

A study recently published in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity showed environmental access to physical activity resources moderated the association between social support and physical activity. To analysis the environmental resources available, a GIS-based assessment of the number of gyms, schools, trails, parks and athletic fields within 0.5 miles of each participant’s home was done of the 192 adolescents in the study.

Greater social support was associated with students participating in a greater number of sports in school for adolescents with high levels of environmental resources. No such relationship emerged among adolescents with low environmental resources. The study argues physical activity promotion interventions should aim to enhance both social and environmental resources; targeting either one alone may be insufficient.

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Source: 7th Space

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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