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en 10.5812/mejrh.44743 Physical Activity; Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Students Living in Semnan University of Medical Sciences Dormitories in Semnan, Iran Physical Activity; Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Students Living in Semnan University of Medical Sciences Dormitories in Semnan, Iran research-article research-article Conclusions

Most of the students had moderate KPA and APA and also an unfavorable PPA. More attention should be paid in improving the KPA, APA, and PPA of medical sciences students living in university dormitories.

Introduction

Physical activity (PA) plays an important role in health promotion as well as disease prevention, especially among young adults. The aim of this study was to determine the knowledge, attitudes, and practices towards PA among medical sciences students living in university dormitories in Semnan, Iran.

Methods

In a cross-sectional study, 421 students living in the dormitories of Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran, were randomly included to the study. Students’ knowledge of physical activity (KPA), attitudes of physical activity (APA), and practices of physical activity (PPA) were investigated using a targeted questioner. The obtained data were analyzed using SPSS 22.0 at the significance level of 0.05.

Results

Participants included 165 (39.2%) male and 256 (60.85%) female students with the mean age of 21.05 ± 2.7 years. The mean scores of KPA, APA and PPA were 48.74 ± 16.01, 58.91 ± 9.02, and 232.5 ± 334.42 minutes per week, respectively. Students’ APA had a significant correlation with age (P value = 0.007, r = 0.70) and there was a significant difference (P value = 0.008), between recorded APA from the male group (57.40 ± 10.01) compared to the female group (59.88 ± 8.20), whereas no statistically significant correlation was seen between other variables in the study (P > 0.05).

Conclusions

Most of the students had moderate KPA and APA and also an unfavorable PPA. More attention should be paid in improving the KPA, APA, and PPA of medical sciences students living in university dormitories.

Introduction

Physical activity (PA) plays an important role in health promotion as well as disease prevention, especially among young adults. The aim of this study was to determine the knowledge, attitudes, and practices towards PA among medical sciences students living in university dormitories in Semnan, Iran.

Methods

In a cross-sectional study, 421 students living in the dormitories of Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran, were randomly included to the study. Students’ knowledge of physical activity (KPA), attitudes of physical activity (APA), and practices of physical activity (PPA) were investigated using a targeted questioner. The obtained data were analyzed using SPSS 22.0 at the significance level of 0.05.

Results

Participants included 165 (39.2%) male and 256 (60.85%) female students with the mean age of 21.05 ± 2.7 years. The mean scores of KPA, APA and PPA were 48.74 ± 16.01, 58.91 ± 9.02, and 232.5 ± 334.42 minutes per week, respectively. Students’ APA had a significant correlation with age (P value = 0.007, r = 0.70) and there was a significant difference (P value = 0.008), between recorded APA from the male group (57.40 ± 10.01) compared to the female group (59.88 ± 8.20), whereas no statistically significant correlation was seen between other variables in the study (P > 0.05).

Physical Activity;Students;Dormitories;Medical Sciences Physical Activity;Students;Dormitories;Medical Sciences http://www.jrehabilhealth.com/index.php?page=article&article_id=44743 Abbas Ziari Abbas Ziari Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, IR Iran Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, IR Iran Elham Ziaeifar Elham Ziaeifar Student Research Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, IR Iran Student Research Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, IR Iran Hossein Bozorgi Hossein Bozorgi Student Research Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, IR Iran Student Research Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, IR Iran Jalal Taherian Jalal Taherian Student Research Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, IR Iran Student Research Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, IR Iran Mahdis Aghaee Masule Mahdis Aghaee Masule Student Research Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, IR Iran Student Research Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, IR Iran Alireza Emadi Alireza Emadi Deputy of Research and Technology, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, IR Iran; Deputy of Research and Technology, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran. Tel: +98-2333451336, Fax: +98-33448950 Deputy of Research and Technology, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, IR Iran; Deputy of Research and Technology, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran. Tel: +98-2333451336, Fax: +98-33448950