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The influence of maturation, body size and physical self-perceptions on longitudinal changes in physical activity in adolescent girls

Fawkner, Samantha and Knowles, Ann-Marie and Nevill, A.M. and Niven, Ailsa (2013) The influence of maturation, body size and physical self-perceptions on longitudinal changes in physical activity in adolescent girls. In: International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting, 2009-06-01.

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Abstract

During adolescence , the number of girls achieving the recommended levels of physical activity (PA) for health decreases significantly and the temporal alignment of this decline in PA with the onset of maturation warrants investigation. The aim of this study was to adopt a longitudinal design to examine the effect of age, relative and absolute maturation, body size and composition on changes in PA in adolescent girls.