Exercise Habits of Young Women after the Age of 16: The Influence of Physical Education and family on participation
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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Research shows a significant reduction in physical activity participation of girls and young women. This study aims to follow the exercise patterns of girls after they reach the age of 16. The main objectives in this study are the influence of Physical Education (P.E) and sport in school and the influence of family and friends on participation. Girls aged 16 to 17 completed questionnaires relating to their and their family’s exercise habits, their Physical Education and sport experience in school and any extra-curricular activities outside. The findings show 90% of girls enjoyed P.E and sport in school and their experience influenced their decision to participate outside of school. Family and friends do influence girl’s participation, as some girls stated that 'being with friends' was the most enjoyable part of being active. This study shows that changes in the National Curriculum for Physical Education and community based clubs need to be put in place to improve opportunities given to girls and young women. KEYWORDS: Participation, Girls, Young Women, Physical Education, Extra-Curricular Activities, Parental Influence
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