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Association of Sedentary Behavior and Physical Activity with Depression in Sport University Students

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Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education of Activity and Physical Fitness, School of Sport Science, Beijing Sport University, Beijing 100084, China
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School of Education, Beijing Sport University, Beijing 100084, China
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China National Institutes for Food and Drug Control, Beijing 102629, China
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Academic Editors: Jesús De La Fuente, Paul Sander and Jose Manuel Martínez-Vicente
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(18), 9881; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189881
Received: 5 August 2021 / Revised: 14 September 2021 / Accepted: 18 September 2021 / Published: 19 September 2021
Background: Sports university students are usually expected to lead an active life and have a lower risk of depression. Therefore, there are few studies on depression and its risk factors among this population. This study aimed to investigate depression and its association with sedentary behavior and physical activity in sports university students. Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among undergraduates majoring in physical education in a sports university in Beijing in March 2021. Students were asked about sociodemographic information, domain-specific sedentary behavior, physical activity, and depression (using a nine-item Patient Health Questionnaire). Chi-squared test and logistic regression were carried out to analyze the data. Results: Among a total of 584 participants, the detection rate of depression was 49.1%. The median of total sedentary time was 7.29 h per day. After adjusting for covariates, recreational screen time (OR = 1.540, p = 0.035), sedentary time spent completing schoolwork (OR = 0.658, p = 0.038), and participation in vigorous physical activity everyday (OR = 0.415, p = 0.001) and a few times per week (OR = 0.423, p < 0.001) were significantly associated with depression. Conclusions: Sports university students are not immune to depression and inactive lifestyles. Excessive recreational screen time may have an adverse effect on depression, which is somewhat independent of physical activity. View Full-Text
Keywords: depression; mental health; sedentary behavior; physical activity; sports university students depression; mental health; sedentary behavior; physical activity; sports university students
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Zhou, H.; Dai, X.; Lou, L.; Zhou, C.; Zhang, W. Association of Sedentary Behavior and Physical Activity with Depression in Sport University Students. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 9881. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189881

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Zhou H, Dai X, Lou L, Zhou C, Zhang W. Association of Sedentary Behavior and Physical Activity with Depression in Sport University Students. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(18):9881. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189881

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Zhou, Huixuan, Xiaotong Dai, Litian Lou, Chan Zhou, and Wei Zhang. 2021. "Association of Sedentary Behavior and Physical Activity with Depression in Sport University Students" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 18: 9881. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189881

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