Introduction: Schools in India are gradually beginning to realize the importance of sports in the overall development of children, and how vital it is to encourage them to take up sports. The growing awareness of how sports contribute to the growth of children in terms of life skills, has led parents and school authorities to encourage children to take up sports, whereas previously the focus was entirely on academics. Promoting the health and safety of adolescents is of prime importance to the future of any Nation. It is universally accepted that health education should become a part and parcel of any organized system of education. It has been defined as “the sum of experience in school and elsewhere, which favorably influences habits, attitudes and knowledge related to individual, racial and community health (Garg, 2006; Sridevi, 1997; and Clark, 2008). Yoga seems to be relevant today especially for school children for facilitating proper growth in enriching nutrition and health related fitness.
Purpose: The purpose of the study was to comparative study on sports, yoga and health awareness of the rural and urban students of Shivamogga district.
Methodology: The subjects selected for the present study were high school students in rural and urban area OF Shivamogga district. All together 96 subjects were selected from different schools through purposive random sampling technique. Equal number of rural school students (N=48) and urban school students (N=48) were selected for the present study. Their age ranged between 14 to 16 years. To attain the objective of the study questionnaire was constructed. The questionnaire was consist of 41 questions related to sports, yoga and health awareness.
Hypothesis: It was hypothesized that there will be a significant difference in sports, yoga and health awareness among rural and urban high school students of Shivamogga district.