Factors Associated with Physical Activity among Medical Students of Jazan University: A Cross-Sectional Study

  •  Husam Eldin Elsawi Khalafalla    
  •  Mohamed Mahfouz    
  •  Muath Hassan Ibrahim Najmi    
  •  Sayyaf Abdullah Mohammad Najmi    
  •  Qasem Ali Yahya Arishi    
  •  Albaraa Mohammad Jeadar Madkhali    
  •  Nasser Mansour Mohammad Faris    
  •  Ali Abdullah Ali Najmi    


BACKGROUND: Physical activity is one of the most important factors that affect human health; it reduces the chances of hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, breast and colon cancer, and depression.

OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to measure prevalence of physical activity and to determine the factors affecting the level of physical activity among medical student in Jazan University.

METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted among the students of medical colleges of Jazan University. A random sample of 419 was determined using most recent physical activity prevalence. A validated self-administered questionnaire was used for data collection.

RESULTS: There is a high prevalence of inactivity among study participants (88.1%). Females (91.7%) were more significantly (p value=0.013) inactive than males (83.8%). The most influential barrier perceived by participants is (heavy) academic work as well as lack of places for physical activity; the latter factor being more effective in hindering female students' physical activity.

CONCLUSION: Results revealed that the inactivity rate was very high among medical students. The results of this study call for a well-planned intervention at the university level for improving the level of physical activity among university students.

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