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Table 2 Descriptive Statistics and Chi-Squares Comparing the Frequencies of Children who Performed Specific Types of Physical Activities on the Previous Day During the Early-COVID-19 period (April–May 2020) by Sex and Age

From: Early effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity and sedentary behavior in children living in the U.S.

   Child Sex    Child Age   
Overall Male Female    5–8 yr 9–13 yr   
Types of Physical Activity n (%) n (%) n (%) χ2 p n (%) n (%) χ2 p
Sports practice/training 41 (19.4) 26 (26.0) 15 (13.5) 5.24 .022 26 (22.0) 15 (16.1) 1.16 0.299
Activity classes/lessons 40 (19.0) 13 (13.0) 27 (24.3) 4.39 .036 28 (23.7) 12 (12.9) 3.97 0.053
Free play/unstructured phy. Act. 189 (90.0) 89 (89.9) 100 (90.1) < 0.01 .963 114 (97.4) 75 (80.6) 16.23 < 0.001
Jogging/running 43 (20.4) 20 (20.0) 23 (20.7) 0.02 .897 25 (21.2) 18 (19.4) 0.11 0.743
Biking 81 (38.4) 35 (35.0) 46 (41.1) 0.92 .337 57 (48.3) 24 (25.8) 11.13 < 0.001
Swimming 18 (8.5) 12 (12.0) 6 (5.4) 2.93 .087 12 (10.2) 6 (6.5) 0.92 0.458
Going for a walk 115 (54.5) 53 (53.0) 62 (55.9) 0.17 .677 67 (56.8) 48 (51.6) 0.56 0.488
Circuit training/conditioning 9 (4.3) 6 (6.0) 3 (2.7) 1.40 .237 2 (1.7) 7 (7.5) 4.33 0.045
Weightlifting 5 (2.4) 3 (3.0) 2 (1.8) 0.33 .568 2 (1.7) 3 (3.2) 0.53 0.656
Other 12 (7.3) 8 (9.6) 4 (4.9) 1.34 .248 3 (3.4) 9 (11.8) 4.28 0.067
  1. N = 211. n (%) = number (proportion) who performed some (vs. none) of the specific type of physical activity