Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia
Print version ISSN 1415-790X
PALMA, Alexandre; ABREU, Raquel Azeredo and CUNHA, Cristina de Almeida. Risk behavior and vulnerability among Physical Education students. Rev. bras. epidemiol. [online]. 2007, vol.10, n.1, pp. 117-126. ISSN 1415-790X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-790X2007000100013.
The aim of this study was to identify health-related behaviors of Physical Education students. Therefore, we surveyed 448 students of both genders. The instrument had questions about the practice of regular exercise, the use of condoms during sexual intercourse, the use of both legal and illegal drugs, stress on the job, and hours of sleep. The main results are as follows: (a) The rate of physical inactivity is low in comparison with the general rates in the population; (b) The average values of physical exertion is classified as "somewhat intense" on the Borg scale; (c) 39.4% of the participants reported job-related pain; (d) 58.7% did not use condoms during sexual intercourse regularly; (e) Alcohol was the most frequently consumed drug; cigarettes and marijuana are also commonly used; and (f) 19.2 % of respondents admitted using or having already used anabolic steroids. One concludes, then, that physical education undergraduates, although they are students of a health-related area, adopt behaviors that do not necessarily suit a healthy lifestyle.
Keywords : Risk behavior; Vulnerability; Physical activity; Drugs; Condom; Students.