A cross-sectional study on patterns, motivating factors and barriers for physical activity among undergraduate medical students

*, Harsha Kumar HN and *, Neha Ramakrishnan and Kodihalli, Arpitha and Gowda, Jayarame and Kadian, Mohit and Chauhan, Vikas (2014) A cross-sectional study on patterns, motivating factors and barriers for physical activity among undergraduate medical students. International Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 4 (4). pp. 413-416. ISSN 2230-8598

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Introduction: There is little published information exploring the perceptions and physical activity patterns among undergraduate medical students in our country. So this study was conducted with the following objectives: 1. To assess the perceptions about knowledge regarding physical activities among undergraduate medical students; 2. To assess their self-reported physical activity practices. Materials and Methods:This cross sectional study was conducted in Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore from 12th to 30th April, 2012. A total number of 427 students were chosen at by using the formula for infi nite population. Tools: 1. A semi-structured questionnaire to know perceptions, barriers, and practices about physical activity; 2. Physical activity was assessed using International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ). Analysis was done by using SPSS version 11. Signifi cance of differences across various levels of physical activity between different age-groups and gender were made by chi square test. Results: 376 students participated. Majority of them had high physical activity (54.75%). Knowledge was poor about prevention of diabetes (68.9%), stroke (61.6%), and osteoporosis (33.8%). Majority (82.4%) of them perceived healthrelated benefi ts of physical activity as motivating factors rather than prevention of chronic noncommunicable diseases. Most of them (72.3%) have enrolled in life style modifi cation activities like yoga, going to gymnasium, etc. Conclusion: Most of the students fall into moderate physical activity group. Health-related benefi ts were the driving force for doing physical activity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Barriers, medical students, motivating factors, physical activity patterns
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2015 10:56
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2015 10:56
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/142267

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