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Physical activity in boys attending three types of secondary schools in the Czech Republic



Year of publication 2015
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Sports Studies

Description Introduction Physical activity is suggested to be an essential part of everyday life, especially during growth and rapid development of school-aged children. Aim of paper The aim of this paper is to find out whether and how often students – boys who attend three types of secondary schools (which differ in the level of difficulty) – are devoted to physical activities in their free time. Material and Methods The research set was composed of students who attend three different types of secondary schools: secondary grammar school - 46 “Grammar students”, automobile secondary school (study programmes finished with national secondary school exam) – 48 “Students” and apprentices of the study programme not finished with the national school leaving exam – 50 “Apprentices”. In total, 144 boys participated in the research. A standardized questionnaire was used to find out about the physical activities of the above informants. This paper assesses only the responses to questions related to physical activity and some questions concerning the assessment of one’s own health. Results The informants assessed their physical activity subjectively according to its intensity using a scale from 1 (very low) to 7 (very high). Grammar students and Students assess their physical activity rather higher (value 5 on the 1-7 scale) and apprentices assess it as average (value 4 on the 1-7 scale). The majority of Grammar students are devoted to walking in their leisure time; the majority of Students to volleyball; and the majority of Apprentices prefer cycling. Conclusion Differences were found in the area of physical activities performed by students from three types of secondary schools. Most time was devoted to physical activities by Grammar students, slightly less by Students of secondary school finished by a final school-leaving exam and the least by Apprentices without the final exam.

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