Prevalence of Sedentary Behaviors and Sleep Duration among Saudi Soccer Players

Document Type : Original Article


1 Department Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia

2 Department Physical Education and Sport Sciences, College of Education, Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia


The purpose of this study was to evaluate sedentary behavior (SB) among Saudi soccer players. Ninety-six soccer players (age 17.0 ± 1.0 years; body mass, 60.5 ± 9.3 kg; height, 168.0 ± 6.6 cm) participated in this study. A self-reported questionnaire was used to assess SB (time spent watching television, Electronic games, and internet use). The mean total screen time among the soccer players was 304.6 min/day. Seventy-nine per cent of soccer players spent > 2 h/day in screened-based SB. Use of electronic games use was the predominant SB among soccer players (128.4 ± 114.9 min/day), followed by time spent watching TV (114.3 ± 92.2 min/day). Average sleep duration of soccer players during weekdays and weekends were 7.3 ± 1.4 and 7.7 ± 1.6 h/night, respectively. Approximately 27% of soccer players had insufficient sleep (< 7 h/night) during the week and 20% of them had insufficient sleep at the weekends. SB was evident in this group of Saudi soccer players, and more than a quarter of studied soccer players had insufficient sleep. The effect of prolonged SB and insufficient sleep duration may impair health and the performance of soccer players.


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