Understanding participation in sport and physical activity amongst children and adults : A systematic review of qualitative studies

Allender, Steven, Cowburn, Gill and Foster, Charles 2006, Understanding participation in sport and physical activity amongst children and adults : A systematic review of qualitative studies, Health education research, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 826-835.

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Title Understanding participation in sport and physical activity amongst children and adults : A systematic review of qualitative studies
Author(s) Allender, Steven
Cowburn, Gill
Foster, Charles
Journal name Health education research
Volume number 21
Issue number 6
Start page 826
End page 835
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2006-12
ISSN 0268-1153
1465-3648
Summary Qualitative research may be able to provide an answer as to why adults and children do or do not participate in sport and physical activity. This paper systematically examines published and unpublished qualitative research studies of UK children's and adults' reasons for participation and non-participation in sport and physical activity. The review covers peer reviewed and gray literature from 1990 to 2004. Papers were entered into review if they: aimed to explore the participants' experiences of sport and physical activity and reasons for participation or non-participation in sport and physical activity, collected information on participants who lived in the United Kingdom and presented data collected using qualitative methods. From >1200 papers identified in the initial search, 24 papers met all inclusion criteria. The majority of these reported research with young people based in community settings. Weight management, social interaction and enjoyment were common reasons for participation in sport and physical activity. Concerns about maintaining a slim body shape motivated participation among young girls. Older people identified the importance of sport and physical activity in staving off the effects of aging and providing a social support network. Challenges to identity such as having to show others an unfit body, lacking confidence and competence in core skills or appearing overly masculine were barriers to participation.
Notes Special Issue : Child Obesity Prevention
Advance Access published on July 20, 2006
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Oxford University Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020453

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Collection: Public Health Research, Evaluation, and Policy Cluster
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