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What is a PA correlate?
◦ Factors associated with PA
What is a PA determinant?
◦ Factors known to cause inactivity
◦ Cause-and-effect connection
Remember.... Correlation ≠ Causation
Why study PA correlates/determinants?
Cross-sectional studies: Observational studies analyzing data of a population at a specific point in time
◦ Correlation only!!
◦ Majority of literature
Longitudinal studies: Repeated observations of same variables
Experimental studies: Manipulation of a variable
Why is the identification of correlates important?
⚫ Can help us to refine theoretical models
⚫ Identify inactive populations and direct resources towards those groups
⚫ Identify variables that can be targeted in interventions
⚫ Can be used to individualize physical activity programs
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