A QUALITATIVE RESEARCH INVESTIGATING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND LIFE SKILLS, AND HOW THIS AFFECTS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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The aim of this study was to explore individual’s perception of their life skills, and whether this had an impact on their physical activity participation levels. Semi structured interviews were employed using deductive themes of five life skills concentrated on throughout the study. These were; critical thinking skills, self management skills, communication skills, self confidence skills and lastly interpersonal relationship skills (Weiss, 2008). The aim of the interviews was to investigate eight year nine pupils perception of their life skills, and whether this had an impact on their physical activity participation levels. Participants were selected based on their physical activity participation, including two physically active boys, two physically active girls, two non physically active boys and two non physically active girls. Interviews were transcribed to analyse the research data collected, this further detected three inductive themes. These were, influence of friends, peers and family and making new friends; enjoyment and importance of the activity; and lastly self belief and embarrassment. It was concluded that self confidence, self management and interpersonal relationship skills were deemed essential to participate in physical activity by all participants’. Participants’ suggested that these skills have a significant impact on their participation levels in physical activity. This study focuses on the implications for physical education teachers to enhance individuals’ life skills to help enhance their engagement in physical activity.
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