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Retrospective studies have shown that the formation of habits, both health and activity related, during childhood is vital to carrying those habits into adulthood (Azevedo, Araujo & Hallal, 2007; Barnekow-Bergkvist et al. 1996; Nelson, Gordon-Larsen, Adair, & Popkin, 2005; Telama et al. 1997; Telama, Yang, Viikari, Valimaki, Wanne & Raitakari, 2005). These studies demonstrate that passive participation in an activity is not sufficient; rather organized participation, such as being part of a team, is necessary for continuation of a physical activity later in life. In addition, researchers have found that sound physical and strong academic educations are also important in promoting and sustaining a physically active lifestyle. In general, the education process trains ndividuals to stick to routines (physical education) and follow through with commitments (academic education) (Barnekow-Bergkvist et al. 1996;
Ketcham, Christopher Frederick, "Do Physical Self-Efficacy and Physical Self-Concept Mediate the Relationship Between Past Sports Participation, Past Gym Grades and Physical Activity Across the Life-Span?" (2009). Undergraduate Honors Thesis Collection. 38.