The role of physical activity in pre-service teachers’ subjective vitality

Keywords: physical activity, pre-service teacher, subjective vitality, athlete, physical education


Background: In the present study, subjective vitality considered to be one of the contributions provided by participation in physical activity is examined on a sample of pre-service teachers. When teachers who are important part of education system are healthy and fit, it will help to build future generations. Materials: The research was conducted in the city of Trabzon, located in the northeastern region of Turkey. The sample of the study is composed of 328 last grade pre-service teachers (133 women, 195 men, age: 23.14 ± 2.62) studying at Karadeniz Technical University in the academic year of 2015-2016. Data was collected through Childhood and Adolescence Physical Activity Levels Questionnaire, Subjective Vitality Scale, and a personal information form asking for information about gender, doing sports as a certified sportsman/woman and department. Results: The research results yielded a significant difference between subjective vitality levels of those who do sports as a certified sportsman/woman and those who do not, and between pre-service teachers of physical education and those of other departments (p<0,01). There was also a positive and low-level significant relationship between subjective vitality and physical activity experiences of pre-service teachers (r= .23; p<0.01). However, subjective vitality did not differ significantly by gender. Conclusions: The research results seem to support other studies that reveal social and psychological contributions provided by participation in physical activity. Therefore, participation in physical activity seems to have positive effects on the subjective vitality of pre-service teachers.  


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Author Biographies

Abdullah Bora Özkara, Department of Physical Education and Sports Education, Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey Department of Physical Education and Sports Education, Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey61080, Trabzon, Turkey.
Arslan Kalkavan, Department of Physical Education and Sports Education, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University, Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University, Faculty of Sports Sciences53100 Rize, Turkey
Serdar Alemdağ, Department of Physical Education and Sports Education, Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey Technical University, Faculty of Sports Sciences61080, Trabzon, Turkey.
Ceyhun Alemdağ, Department of Physical Education and Sports Education, Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey Technical University, Faculty of Sports Sciences61080, Trabzon, Turkey.
Selma Çavdar, Department of Physical Education and Sports Education, Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey Technical University, Faculty of Sports Sciences61080, Trabzon, Turkey.


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How to Cite
Özkara AB, Kalkavan A, Alemdağ S, Alemdağ C, Çavdar S. The role of physical activity in pre-service teachers’ subjective vitality. Physical education of students. 2017;21(3):134-9.