Adolescence is a critical period for athletes to acquire good physical habits and healthy lifestyle behaviors. This study, which aimed to examine the healthy lifestyle behaviors of adolescent athletes with respect to certain variables, employed the descriptive survey model, a quantitative research method. The study population encompassed adolescent athletes in Van, Turkey, while the sample was comprised of 400 athletes (221 men and 179 women) with an average age of 15.92±1.17 years, who participated voluntarily. For data collection, a demographic information form consisting of 10 questions created by the researcher, and the “Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors Scale-II (HLBS)” developed by Walker et al. (1996) and adapted into Turkish by Bahar et al. (2008), containing 52 items with 6 factors, were used. The data were analyzed using the SPSS program. Since the data exhibited normal distribution, parametric tests including the independent samples T-test, one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), and the Tukey post hoc test for intra-group differences, were performed. According to our findings, no significant differences existed in the scale total and factors scores for the variables of club license and type of sport (p>.05). Significant differences were observed for certain factors with respect to the variables of age, gender, grade, athletic history, frequency of athletic activity, family income, and maternal and paternal educational levels (p<.05). There were also significant differences in the variables of age, gender, grade, and frequency of athletic activity in the HLBS scale total scores (p<.05). Thus, the healthy lifestyle behaviors of adolescent athletes were found to differ in terms of certain variables.
adolescence, athlete, healthy lifestyle behaviors.