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Sport and Wellness Technology to Promote Physical Activity of Teenagers: An Intervention Study

Sport and Wellness Technology to Promote Physical Activity of Teenagers: An Intervention Study
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Author(s): Eeva Kettunen (University of Jyvaskyla, Finland), Markus Makkonen (University of Jyvaskyla, Finland), Tuomas Kari (University of Jyvaskyla, Finland) and Will Critchley (University of Jyvaskyla, Finland)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 22
Source title: Optimizing Health Monitoring Systems With Wireless Technology
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Nilmini Wickramasinghe (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia & Epworth HealthCare, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6067-8.ch015

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Abstract

Life-long physical activity patterns are established during teenage years, so promoting physical activity is important. Sport and wellness technology has potential for promoting physical activity. Yet, research concerning its use among teenage populations is sparse. This intervention study investigated whether using a sport and wellness technology application could affect teenagers' physical activity intention, its antecedents, and the effects of these antecedents on intention. The study uses the theory of planned behavior (TPB) combined with self-efficacy as a theoretical model. The results showed no statistically significant difference between the intervention and control group in terms of the means and variances of the four constructs (attitude, subjective norm, self-efficacy, and intention) in the theoretical model. However, there was a statistically significant difference in the effect of self-efficacy on intention in the intervention group. Using sport and wellness technology in physical activity interventions among teenagers has potential and further research is warranted.

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