Decreasing Sports Activity With Increasing Age? Findings From a 20-year Longitudinal and Cohort Sequence Analysis

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Title Decreasing Sports Activity With Increasing Age? Findings From a 20-year Longitudinal and Cohort Sequence Analysis
Author Breuer, Christoph; Wicker, Pamela Vanessa
Journal Name Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United States
Publisher American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
Abstract According to cross-sectional studies in sport science literature, decreasing sports activity with increasing age is generally assumed. In this paper, the validity of this assumption is checked by applying more effective methods of analysis, such as longitudinal and cohort sequence analyses. With the help of 20 years' worth of data records from the German Socio-Economic Panel, the development of sports activity over a lifespan is analyzed. According to inadequate cross-sectional analyses, sports activity decreases with increasing age. In contrast, longitudinal analyses show that sports activity increases with increasing age. Furthermore, cohort sequence analyses indicate that not only age but also cohort and period effects influence sports activity. Thus, different methods of analysis reveal opposite results.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.aahperd.org/rc/publications/rqes/Indexes.cfm
Copyright Statement Self-archiving of the author-manuscript version is not yet supported by this journal. Please refer to the journal link for access to the definitive, published version or contact the authors for more information.
Volume 80
Issue Number 1
Page from 22
Page to 31
ISSN 0270-1367
Date Accessioned 2011-11-28
Date Available 2012-08-08T23:36:19Z
Language en_US
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/41632
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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