Personal Exercise Behavior and Attitudes Towards Physical Activity Among Physiotherapy Students
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Department of Teaching Movement, Medical University of Łódź, Łódź, Polska Kierownik: dr hab. n. med. prof. nadzw. E. Poziomska-Piątkowska
Med Srod. 2015;18(4):43-47
This study was designed to obtain information about the personal exercise behavior and to evaluate the relationship between attitudes towards physical activity and personal exercise practices of future physiotherapists and to determine whether physiotherapy specialty is associated with physical activity.

Material and Methods:
The study involved 196 first year students of Division of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Military Medicine, Medical University of Lodz. Personal exercise practice and attitudes towards physical activity were assessed by questionnaire.

Taking professional sports training was declared only by 4% of respondents and amateur sports training by more than half of the physiotherapy students (57%). Only 3% of future physiotherapist practiced sports 5 times a week or more, 19% 3-4 times a week, 32% - rarely, but steadily. Almost half of respondents (46%) said that they do not take physical activity regularly. 39% of future physiotherapists admitted that apart from compulsory classes at the University they practiced no additional physical activity. Statistically significant difference was found in sports participation between man and women (p<0.00378).

Physiotherapy students are aware about the beneficial effects of regular physical activity on health but this knowledge is not correlated with personal exercise behavior. The level of physical activity among future physiotherapists is not greater than among the rest of the society. In the education of future physiotherapists the emphasis should be placed on increasing the level of physical activity, so necessary in this profession.

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