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Differences in physical activity among Swedish women and men: It depends on how and what is measured
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2745-4841
2019 (English)In: Book of Abstracts EASS 2019. Sport and the Environment – Policies, Values and Sustainability, Bø, 2019, p. 87-87Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

During the past decades, participation in sport and physical activity in Sweden has increased gradually among both women and men. In this presentation, we will focus on the differences in physical activity patterns between women and men. Building on the most recent available data, the results show different participation patterns, depending on how participation is measured – through participation in a sport club setting or through physical activities in general. In terms of participation in sport clubs, a larger proportion of men compared to women participate, with the largest differences among adolescents. Men also participate in a wider selection of sports, more times each week and continue their participation to a higher age. When instead analysing participation in physical activities in general, different patterns emerge. A larger proportion of women than men exercise on a regular basis, with exception for those older than 75 years. In some activities women also participate more times each week compared to men. Participation patterns differ also in relation to the choice of settings and venues and participation in physical recreation activities. Finally, when combining the two ways of measuring participation, by analysing participation in an activity that usually takes place outside sport clubs - group training - the result shows that a higher proportion of women participate compared to men. In conclusion, the results show that the way physical activity is measured has an impact on the participation patterns found. This can ultimately impact the decisions governing bodies make and the investments following these decisions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bø, 2019. p. 87-87
Keywords [en]
general physical activity, physical activity patterns, sex, sport club setting
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-161059OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-161059DiVA, id: diva2:1331580
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16th European Association for Sociology of Sport Conference, Bø, Norway, June 3-6, 2019
Available from: 2019-06-27 Created: 2019-06-27 Last updated: 2019-06-28

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