Association of Fatigue Level and Physical Activity among University Students: A Cross-Sectional Survey

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Sidra Hanif
Pinky
Ishaq Ahmed
Rashid Nawaz
Hamad Shabbir
Kainat Asif

Abstract

Background: Fatigue is a common complaint among adults worldwide, with an estimated 20% experiencing persistent symptoms. Physical activity is recognized as a beneficial behavior with the potential to alleviate feelings of fatigue and enhance energy levels. However, the relationship between physical activity and fatigue among university students remains underexplored.


Objective: This study aimed to assess the association between physical activity levels and fatigue among university students, providing insights into the potential of physical activity as a non-pharmacological intervention for fatigue mitigation.


Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted at the University of Lahore's Islamabad campus, involving 206 participants aged 17 to 25 years. After securing approval from the Institutional Review Committee (IRC)/Ethical Review Board (ERB), data were collected using the Fatigue Assessment Scale (FAS) and the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ). The sample size was determined using the Slovin formula, with a confidence interval of 95% and a margin of error of 0.05. Non-probability convenience sampling was employed. Data analysis utilized SPSS version 25, employing Chi-square tests to examine the association between physical activity levels and fatigue.


Results: The study comprised 41.3% male and 58.7% female participants. Results indicated that higher levels of physical activity were associated with lower levels of fatigue. Specifically, 38.8% of participants reported no fatigue, 54.9% reported mild to moderate fatigue, and 6.3% reported severe fatigue. Physical activity status revealed that 18.9% of participants had low, 48.1% had moderate, and 33% had high levels of physical activity. The Chi-square test demonstrated a significant association between physical activity levels and fatigue (X² = 23.13, P = 0.00).


Conclusion: The findings underscore a significant inverse relationship between physical activity levels and fatigue among university students, suggesting that engaging in higher levels of physical activity may reduce fatigue levels. This study contributes to the understanding of physical activity as a viable approach to fatigue management in young adults.

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Hanif, S., Pinky, Ahmed, I., Nawaz, R., Shabbir, H., & Asif, K. (2024). Association of Fatigue Level and Physical Activity among University Students: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Research, 4(1), 1642–1646. https://doi.org/10.61919/jhrr.v4i1.675
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Author Biographies

Sidra Hanif, Ibadat International University Islamabad Pakistan.

Senior Lecturer, University Institute of Physical Therapy, Ibadat International University Islamabad, Pakistan.

Pinky, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Science Jamshoro Pakistan.

Lecturer, Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Science, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Science, Jamshoro, Pakistan.

Ishaq Ahmed, The University of Lahore Lahore Campus Pakistan.

Assistant Professor, University Institute of Physical Therapy, The University of Lahore, Lahore Campus, Pakistan.

Rashid Nawaz, The University of Lahore Islamabad Campus Pakistan.

Physiotherapist, Institute of Medical Rehabilitation (IMR), The University of Lahore, Islamabad Campus, Pakistan.

Hamad Shabbir, The University of Lahore Islamabad Campus Pakistan.

Physiotherapist, DHQ Hospital Jhang. The University of Lahore, Islamabad Campus, Pakistan.

Kainat Asif, The University of Lahore Islamabad Campus Pakistan.

Lecturer, Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, The University of Lahore, Islamabad Campus, Pakistan.

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