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Table 2 Gender differences in frequency of participation in physical activity contexts

From: Independent mobility, perceptions of the built environment and children's participation in play, active travel and structured exercise and sport: the PEACH Project

  Travel home from school
  Bus/train
(n = 8)
Car
(n = 315)
Walk
(n = 936)
Cycle
(n = 40)
Χ2, p
Gender N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%)  
Boys 5 (0.8) 159 (24.9) 445 (69.6) 30 (4.7)  
Girls 3 (0.5) 156 (23.6) 492 (74.4) 10 (1.5) -1.538 p = 0.124
  Frequency of outdoor play
  <1-2 week
(n = 122)
1-2 week
(n = 292)
Most days
(n = 464)
Everyday
(n = 422)
Χ2, p
Gender N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%)  
Boys 50 (7.8) 122 (19.1) 230 (36.0) 237 (37.1)  
Girls 72 (10.9) 170 (25.7) 234 (35.4) 185 (28.0) -4.223 p < 0.001
  Frequency of structured exercise/sport
  <1-2 week
(n = 32)
1-2/week
(n = 85)
Most days
(n = 312)
Everyday
(n = 871)
Χ2, p
Gender N (%) N (%) N (%) N (%)  
Boys 11 (1.7%) 28 (4.4) 125 (19.6) 475 (74.3)  
Girls 21 (3.2%) 57 (8.6) 187 (28.3) 396 (59.9) -5.660 p < 0.001