International Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 135–142 | Cite as

Motivational Outcomes and Predictors of Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity and Sedentary Time for Adolescents in the Sigue La Huella Intervention

  • Berta Murillo Pardo
  • Enrique García Bengoechea
  • José Antonio Julián Clemente
  • Eduardo Generelo Lanaspa



The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of the multicomponent Sigue la Huella intervention on selected motivational outcomes and whether any of these outcomes, in addition to relevant socio-demographic, biological, and behavioral factors, served as predictors of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and sedentary time among participants through the intervention.


This quasi-experimental, cohort study took place in four secondary schools in Huesca (Spain) during three academic years (students aged 12–15 years). Two schools were assigned to the experimental condition (n = 368) and two schools to the control condition (n = 314). Outcome variables were assessed objectively.


A total of 553 participants met study inclusion criteria. Compared to the control group, participants in the experimental group reported greater enjoyment of physical activity, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in physical education, perceived autonomy in physical education, perceived competence in physical education, and perceived importance of physical education over time. Participants in this group reported also lower amotivation in physical education over time. In subsequent analyses, gender, organized physical activity out of school, sedentary time, and perceived importance of physical education predicted moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. Type of school (public vs. private), moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, and perceived autonomy in physical education emerged as predictors of sedentary time.


Sigue la Huella had a positive effect on motivational outcomes relevant to moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, sedentary time, and, particularly, student engagement in physical education. The analyses identified shared and unique determinants of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and sedentary time, suggesting that specific intervention strategies may be required to address each outcome.


Adolescence Motivation School Physical education Social ecology Self-determination theory 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

The study conformed to the Helsinki Declaration concerning human rights and informed consent and followed appropriate procedures concerning treatment of humans and animals in research.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Berta Murillo Pardo
    • 1
  • Enrique García Bengoechea
    • 2
  • José Antonio Julián Clemente
    • 3
  • Eduardo Generelo Lanaspa
    • 3
  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias de la SaludUniversidad San JorgeVillanueva de GállegoSpain
  2. 2.School of Science and HealthUniversity of Western SydneyPenrithAustralia
  3. 3.Departamento de Expresión Musical, Plástica y CorporalUniversidad de ZaragozaHuescaSpain

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