Global Matrix 4.0 Physical Activity Report Card Grades for Children and Adolescents: Results and Analyses From 57 Countries

Aubert, Salomé, Barnes, Joel D, Demchenko, Iryna, Hawthorne, Myranda, Abdeta, Chalchisa, Nader, Patrick Abi, Sala, José Carmelo Adsuar, Aguilar-Farias, Nicholas, Aznar, Susana, Bakalár, Peter, Bhawra, Jasmin, Brazo-Sayavera, Javier, Bringas, Mikel, Cagas, Jonathan Y, Carlin, Angela, Chang, Chen-Kang, Chen, Bozhi, Christiansen, Lars Breum, Christie, Candice Jo-Anne, De Roia, Gabriela Fernanda, Nyström, Christine Delisle, Demetriou, Yolanda, Djordjic, Visnja, Emeljanovas, Arunas, Endy, Liri Findling, Gába, Aleš, Galaviz, Karla I, González, Silvia A, Hesketh, Kylie D, Huang, Wendy Yajun, Hubona, Omphile, Jeon, Justin Y, Jurakić, Danijel ORCID: 0000-0002-4861-4066, Jürimäe, Jaak, Katapally, Tarun Reddy, Katewongsa, Piyawat, Katzmarzyk, Peter T, Kim, Yeon-Soo, Lambert, Estelle Victoria, Lee, Eun-Young, Levi, Sharon, Lobo, Pablo, Löf, Marie, Loney, Tom, López-Gil, José Francisco, López-Taylor, Juan, Mäestu, Evelin, Mahendra, Agus, Makaza, Daga, Mallari, Marla Frances T, Manyanga, Taru, Masanovic, Bojan, Morrison, Shawnda A, Mota, Jorge, Müller-Riemenschneider, Faulk, Bermejo, Laura Muñoz, Murphy, Marie H, Naidoo, Rowena, Nguyen, Phuong, Paudel, Susan, Pedisic, Zeljko ORCID: 0000-0003-2886-3556, Pérez-Gómez, Jorge, Reilly, John J, Reimers, Anne Kerstin, Richards, Amie B, Silva, Diego Augusto Santos, Saonuam, Pairoj, Sarmiento, Olga L, Sember, Vedrana, Shahril, Mohd Razif, Smith, Melody, Standage, Martyn, Stratton, Gareth, Subedi, Narayan, Tammelin, Tuija H, Tanaka, Chiaki, Tesler, Riki, Thivel, David, Tladi, Dawn Mahube, Tlučáková, Lenka, Vanderloo, Leigh M, Williams, Alun, Wong, Stephen, Wu, Ching-Lin, Zembura, Pawel and Tremblay, Mark S (2022) Global Matrix 4.0 Physical Activity Report Card Grades for Children and Adolescents: Results and Analyses From 57 Countries. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 19 (11). pp. 700-728. ISSN 1543-3080


Background: The Global Matrix 4.0 on physical activity (PA) for children and adolescents was developed to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the global variation in children’s and adolescents’ (5–17 y) PA, related measures, and key sources of influence. The objectives of this article were (1) to summarize the findings from the Global Matrix 4.0 Report Cards, (2) to compare indicators across countries, and (3) to explore trends related to the Human Development Index and geo-cultural regions. Methods: A total of 57 Report Card teams followed a harmonized process to grade the 10 common PA indicators. An online survey was conducted to collect Report Card Leaders’ top 3 priorities for each PA indicator and their opinions on how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted child and adolescent PA indicators in their country. Results: Overall Physical Activity was the indicator with the lowest global average grade (D), while School and Community and Environment were the indicators with the highest global average grade (C+). An overview of the global situation in terms of surveillance and prevalence is provided for all 10 common PA indicators, followed by priorities and examples to support the development of strategies and policies internationally. Conclusions: The Global Matrix 4.0 represents the largest compilation of children’s and adolescents’ PA indicators to date. While variation in data sources informing the grades across countries was observed, this initiative highlighted low PA levels in children and adolescents globally. Measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, local/international conflicts, climate change, and economic change threaten to worsen this situation.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1123/jpah.2022-0456
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Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4206 Public health
Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4207 Sports science and exercise
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Health and Sport
Keywords public health, physical activity, Report Card, physical activity promotion, children, adolescents, youth
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