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Factors associated with team sport participation in South African children
  1. Sharief Hendricks1,
  2. Monika Uys1,
  3. Stephanie T Broyles2,
  4. Niri Naidoo1,
  5. Peter T Katzmarzyk2,
  6. Estelle V Lambert1
  1. 1 Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
  2. 2 Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sharief Hendricks, University of Cape Town, Cape Town 7701, South Africa; sharief.hendricks01{at}


The study purpose was to determine if sex, anthropometry, age or birth period are associated with team sport participation in children aged 9–11 years. Data from the International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment were used (n=550, 59% girls). Anthropometric measurements included height, body mass, waist circumference, mid-upper arm circumference and body fat percentage. Birth period and team sport participation were measured using a questionnaire. Girls had a 69% lower odds (OR=0.31, 0.19–0.49, p<0.001, n=528) of participating in team sport. For every centimetre of waist circumference, the OR for participating in team sport was 0.94 (0.88–1.00, p<0.05, n=528).

  • obesity
  • physical activity
  • children
  • sport participation
  • behaviour

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  • Contributors SH drafted the manuscript and all other authors provided input.

  • Funding ISCOLE was funded by Coca-Cola Company. With the exception of requiring that the study be global in nature, the study sponsor had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of manuscripts.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient and public involvement statement The public was not directly involved in the design of this study.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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