Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, Volume 15, Issue 7 (July 2018) – 266 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): Improving adolescents’ levels of sport and physical activity is an official public health issue. French national government plans were launched in 2001, 2006, and 2011 to improve the participation levels of citizens. Our study aimed to measure these trends among a representative sample of adolescent students of the third-largest French region, but also one of the poorest, between 2001 and 2015. Participation declined among all subgroups of adolescents: from 79.0% to 65.8%. The greatest decrease was observed for boys with a high socioeconomic status (SES), whilst the lowest was for the high-SES girls. We observed that SES inequalities in access to sport increased among the girls, while they reduced among the boys. National government plans seem to have had limited success in this territory. Next to national studies, there is a need to develop territory-specific studies. View this paper.
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