KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE, AND PRACTICE REGARDING EXERCISE AND EXERGAMES’ EXPERIENCES AMONG HIGH-SCHOOL STUDENTS IN PULAU PINANG, MALAYSIA
Received 2022-04-13; Accepted 2022-10-29; Published 2022-12-31
This cross-sectional study aims to investigate high-school students’ experiences with exergames, their knowledge, attitudes, and practice of exercise in Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. A relevant questionnaire has been effectively adapted by inserting another section to assess the respondents’ experiences regarding exergames. The modified questionnaire was used as the research instrument in this study. The sampling size consisted of 377 Malaysian high school students in Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. The five-section questionnaire provided statements and questions about the respondents’ sociodemographic data and exergames’ experiences, as well as their knowledge, attitude, and practice of exercise. The time frame was between October 2021 and January 2022. Data were analysed by using descriptive statistics of frequency and percentages. The association between gender, age and experience, knowledge, and attitude was examined using the chi-square test. p value of < 0.05 considered as statistically significant. Based on the quantitative results, 97.9% of the respondents have had adequate knowledge about exercise and 83.6% of the respondents displayed positive exercise attitudes. Approximately, half of the students allocated between 30 and 60 minutes daily to perform moderate-to-vigorous intensity workouts. However, a statistically significant difference was perceived in their experiences of exergames. Specifically, female respondents demonstrated that they have more experience than their male counterparts. Holistic efforts are essential to raise high-school students’ awareness of exercise given its outstanding potential to enable children and adolescents’ physical activity engagement.
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