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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LEVELS: A COMPARATIVE STUDY BETWEEN DEAF AND HEARING ADOLESCENTS

ABSTRACT

Introduction:

The World Health Organization has warned about the growing condition of sedentariness and its consequences among populations. Physical inactivity has become the fourth major health risk factor, making it one of the largest public health problems today. Populations as Brazilian deaf adolescents have been neglected due to the absence of health surveys focused on the research of this variable and propositions strategies that ensure equal opportunities.

Objective:

This study aimed to verify the level of physical activity among deaf adolescents compared to hearing adolescents.

Methods:

The group of hearing adolescents was significantly more active than deaf adolescents (61.29% to 29.03% with p<0.05).

Results:

The result of this research shows that there is a need for investigations on the realities in which sport programs and actions for deaf adolescents are developed.

Conclusion:

It is essential to seek the causes and propose solutions with the management bodies and agencies related to sports, health and education to reduce the index found, providing equal opportunities for deaf and hearing people.

Keywords:
deafness; adolescent; exercise.

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