Dropout from exercise programs for seniors: A prospective cohort study

Stiggelbout, Maarten, Hopman-Rock, Marijke, Tak, Erwin, Lechner, Lilian and van Mechelen, Willem (2005) Dropout from exercise programs for seniors: A prospective cohort study. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 13 4: 406-421.

Author Stiggelbout, Maarten
Hopman-Rock, Marijke
Tak, Erwin
Lechner, Lilian
van Mechelen, Willem
Title Dropout from exercise programs for seniors: A prospective cohort study
Journal name Journal of Aging and Physical Activity   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1063-8652
Publication date 2005-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 13
Issue 4
Start page 406
End page 421
Total pages 15
Place of publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Human Kinetics Publishers
Language eng
Subject 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Abstract This study examines dropout incidence, moment of dropout, and switching behavior in organized exercise programs for seniors in the Netherlands, as determined in a prospective cohort study (with baseline measurements at the start of the exercise program and follow-up after 6 months; N = 1,725, response rate 73%). Participants were community-living individuals 50+ who participated in different forms of organized exercise programs. The average dropout incidence was 0.15 per 6 months, which is lower than that for the general population. The dropout incidence and the timing of dropout differed substantially between the exercise programs. In total, 31% of people who dropped out of one type of exercise program switched to another type of exercise. The type of program and exercise had a strong effect on differences in this switching behavior. It is recommended that switching behavior be monitored in future studies
Keyword Physical activity
Health behavior
Health promotion
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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