n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Comparison of physical activity among Beninese adolescents attending schools in rural, suburban and urban areas : physical education and health

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The main objective of this study was to compare the daily physical activities of secondary school students living in South-West Benin Republic, depending on whether they live in rural, suburban or urban areas. An investigation through a written and self-administered questionnaire was carried out from April to June 2004 on 678 students made up of 467 boys and 211 girls, aged 13 to 23 years old, regarding their movement modes, physical sports practices and other utilitarian activities. The data were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The results showed that the percentages of students who go on foot or ride bicycles for long distances or a long time duration, and those who participate in physical training as well as practice utilitarian activities on weekly basis respectively, are far higher for students in the rural locations than for students in the other two locations, that is, suburban and urban areas. On the whole the highest proportion of students who engage in physical activities consisting of riding bicycles, traveling on foot, doing physical sports and utilitarian activities are found among students living in rural areas, followed by students in suburban and urban locations. These results are discusses in terms of their relationships with atherogenous risk factors.

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