Are primary school children attending full-day school still engaged in sports clubs? New publication in PLOS ONE


Does habitual sports club participation differ between children attending half-day and full-day school with respect to a) sports club membership rate and b) weekly amount of sports club training? To answer this question, data from 372 students in 11 different primary schools were analyzed.

Primary school students attending full-day schools engage less in organized sports out of school than half-day school students, regardless of age and gender. Future studies should examine if the detected lower engagement in physical activity in sports clubs is compensated by physical activities in other settings such as school or non-organized leisure time.

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Spengler, S., Kuritz, A., Rabel, M., & Mess, F. (2019). Are primary school children attending full-day school still engaged in sports clubs? PLoS ONE, 14(11), e0225220. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0225220