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In college, students play sports less and less

The more students progress in the course, the less they play sports. The survey, published this Thursday, September 15, offers ways to improve two years on from the Paris Olympics.

It’s no surprise: the balance sheet is bad. Entering universities is a turning point for sports practice among young people. And even more so from the third year of study. And the health crisis didn’t help either: a sedentary lifestyle, distance learning and increased time spent in front of screens. “This decline in physical activity represents a significant risk factor for students for their mental, physical and social health”warns Timothée Brun, president of Anestaps, the national association of Staps students.

Faced with this observation, Anestaps and the National Observatory of Physical Activity and Sedentary Life (Onaps) are publishing this Thursday, September 15, 2022, with the support of the Ministry of Sports, a survey on the implementation of physical activities and sports in higher education. Around 19,000 students responded, both Staps (21%) and students in health, literature, economics or art. More than a third have a first degree and six out of ten respondents are women. Two years before the Paris Olympics, the survey proposes specific measures.

Redesigning campuses so students can move around more

Today, 42% of pupils practice physical activity or sport at least 5 times a week. Only one out of 5 students (excluding Staps) plays sports as part of university practice. So most students play sports outside the university.

“The development of free access infrastructure is a real challenge in the democratization of sport”, estimates the report, which insists on the need to expand the timetables for access to infrastructures and develop equipment with free access to campuses. Another obstacle is insufficient communication about university offers, according to one in three students.

The challenge is to integrate sports into the everyday life of students. About 70% travel by motorized means of transport, i.e. without bicycles or on foot. 80% of them say that accessing the campus is neither easy nor safe. That’s why it is “imperative”according to the report to support and facilitate use “active mobility”, working mainly on accessibility on foot or by bike. Another way mentioned is the creation of mechanisms with local authorities that will allow students to use tariff offers. in general “There is a need to rethink the layout of campuses to encourage students to move more”. The report deliberately recommends creating places to guide students who want to exercise or resume physical activity.

A student spends eight hours a day in front of a screen

Because more than 50% of students observe an increase in screen time. For 34%, the practice of physical activity is decreasing. According to the survey, university students spend an average of 8 hours a day in front of a screen. Terrible when you know that sitting for 7 hours a day on average significantly increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. To combat this threat, the report recommends integration “active breaks” for lessons over 1:30.

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And more generally, adapt the training. Because when Staps students average 15 hours of physical activity per week, others fall behind. For 60% of students, lack of time is partly responsible for this phenomenon. Health students are particularly concerned: three out of ten see their course as “brake” to practice sports. The authors of the survey therefore recommend introducing a half-day dedicated to the student agenda.

Strengthen ties between universities and territories

further, “It is important to promote sport and raise awareness of its benefits”, says the survey. He recommends the introduction of this promotion “in heart” university policy. And thus make sports practice more attractive.

To this end, the survey recommends the establishment of ad hoc locations following the “Friperies Sport Planète” model, which offer sports equipment at low prices. Or create events to create a connection around sports. Another way is to appoint a physical activity and health officer in universities to emphasize the links between local authorities, sports movements and students. Finally, the emphasis is on supporting students with disabilities, 20% of whom believe that university offers do not meet their expectations.

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