Research Study Abstract

Influence of air pollution exposure on adolescents’ objectively-measured physical activity and sedentary behavior

  • Published on July 22, 2019

Although regular physical activity is recommended for health, highly contaminated air exposure acts to the detriment of the benefits produced in individuals. The purpose of the present study was to compare the accelerometer-measured physical activity and sedentary behavior during the whole day, in-school time, out-of-school time, and school breaks between highly contaminated air days and non-highly contaminated air days in Chilean adolescents. Nineteen adolescents from Santiago of Chile were assessed by a GT3X accelerometer. The vertical axis and steps per minute for the whole day, and both of these variables together with the percentage of time of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity level in the out-of-school time period were higher in highly contaminated air days than in non-highly contaminated air days (p < 0.05; with effect sizes from r = 0.36 to r = 0.46). Results for sedentary behavior were similar in both conditions for every period of time analyzed. These results allow us to conclude the lack of awareness of the participants in this research regarding the health repercussions in relation to the physical activity performed during air pollution exposure. Some strategies in order to improve the Chilean adolescents’ physical activity and sedentary behavior are suggested and discussed.


  • Jesús Viciana 1
  • Daniel Mayorga-Vega 1
  • Maribel Parra-Saldías 2


  • 1

    Departamento de Educación Física y Deportiva, Universidad de Granada. Avda. del Hospicio s/n. 18071 Granada Andalusia Espanha

  • 2

    Observatorio del Deporte, Universidad de Los Lagos. Santiago de Chile Chile


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