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3/2017
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Physical activity of female students in secondary schools in the context of physical activity recommendations fulfilment

Ján Junger
1
,
Peter Kačúr
2
,
Lenka Tlučáková
2
,
Pavol Čech
2
,
Viera Bebčáková
2

1.
Institute of Physical Education and Sport, P.J. Šafárik University in Košice, Košice, Slovak Republic
2.
Faculty of Sports, University of Presov, Presov, Slovak Republic
Online publish date: 2018/02/26
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Purpose
Increasing energy intake and decreasing movement performance are among the greatest population issues of mankind. Risk elimination consists in returning to physically active way of life. The aim of the paper was to analyse the physical activity of female in selected secondary schools in the Presov district region, Slovakia, from the point of view of physical activity recommendations fulfilment.

Methods
The research group consisted of 353 female students from 14 selected secondary schools in the Presov district region. The students were distributed in four groups according to age (15–18 years).

Results
More than half of the studied females did not perform movement activity of medium or high intensity. The highest percentage of success rate in the criteria fulfilment was achieved by females of all age categories in walking 5 times per week for the minimum of 30 minutes (W 5 × 30). Only 44.3% of the students aged 15 years and up to 70.8% of those at the age of 18 met at least one criterion of the physical activity recommendations.

Conclusions
As for physical activity recommendations fulfilment, the most successful criterion was performing physical activity regardless of its intensity. Physical activity recommendations seem to be very hard to implement in this age category, especially those concerning intense physical activity.

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physical activity intensity, IPAQ, adolescents, health

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