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Table 3 Prevalence of physical inactivity, sport club membership and education by gender and age categories

From: Physical activity levels and determinants of change in young adults: a longitudinal panel study

  Males Females
Age 14-16 17-19 20-22 23-26 all ages1 14-16 17-19 20-222 23-26 all ages1
N of observations 1322 1257 1026 909 4514 1332 1250 986 957 4525
Physical inactivity           
% inactive2 19.0 22.9 31.7 26.7 24.8 24.6 29.2 34.5 36.3 30.6
% "no sport"2 13.6 22.0 28.1 28.1 22.6 23.0 30.1 37.6 37.1 31.2
% completely inactive2 8.3 13.8 21.6 20.0 15.6 14.4 20.9 26.7 29.2 22.1
Sport club membership           
% members2 63.2 56.2 49.3 47.1 54.3 49.6 41.0 30.2 32.1 39.2
Education           
compulsory school 67.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 17.3 65.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 18.7
high school 12.6 20.8 2.7 0.4 9.6 15.9 29.5 5.2 0.3 13.9
apprenticeship, vocational low 20.4 74.0 60.1 47.5 50.7 18.2 63.8 56.3 51.1 46.5
vocational high 0.0 1.1 11.1 19.4 7.4 0.0 1.1 7.0 12.0 4.4
university 0.0 4.1 26.2 32.7 15.0 0.0 5.6 31.6 36.6 16.5
  1. Pooled data over all eight waves (1999-2006)
  2. 1 all p-values from Wald test (GEE) comparing age categories were significant in males and in females (p < 0.0001)
  3. 2 all p-values from Wald test (GEE) comparing men and women within age categories were significant for no sport (p < 0.005), for completely inactive (p < 0.04), and for membership in a sport club (p < 0.0001). For inactive, p-values were significant (p < 0.005) except in the age group 20-22 years (p = 0.3).