Low physical fitness in adolescence is linked with increased cardiometabolic risk and early allcause mortality. This study aimed to estimate temporal trends in the physical fitness of Hong Kong adolescents aged 12–17 years between 1998 and 2015. Physical fitness (9-min run/walk, sit-ups, push-ups, and sit-and-reach) and body size data in a total of 28,059 adolescents tested across five population-representative surveys of Hong Kong secondary school pupils, were reported. Temporal trends in means were estimated at the gender-age level by best-fitting sample-weighted linear regression, with national trends estimated by a post-stratified populationweighting procedure. Overall, there were small declines in 9-min run/walk (effect size (ES) = -0.29 (95%CI: -0.32, -0.26)) and sit-ups performance (ES = -0.24 (95%CI: -0.27, -0.21)), with negligible changes in push-ups and sit-and-reach performance. There were small concurrent increases in both mean height and body mass, with a negligible increase in sum of skinfolds. Trends in mean physical fitness and body size/ were not always uniform across the population distribution. The small declines in mean 9-min run/walk and sit-ups performance for Hong Kong adolescents are suggestive of corresponding declines in cardiorespiratory fitness and abdominal/core endurance, respectively. Increased national health promotion strategies are required to improve existing trends. Copyright © 2022 Thieme.
|Journal||International Journal of Sports Medicine|
|Early online date||12 Jan 2022|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 12 Jan 2022|