“What are the barriers to participation of physical activity for females aged 17-18
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Promoting physical activity is public health priority, a large amount of research has been taken place to understand the surrounding factors that influence a female’s decision to drop out of physical activity. The barriers that occur for females not to take part in physical activity can be crucial factor into the level of physical activity that is done and the impact it has on a person’s health (Allender 2006). Factors associated with the barriers to physical activity are going to be understood. Method: Literature searches were conducted to understand the barriers that occur within females aged 17-18. It was identified that qualitative studies were conducted to understand this issue that is rising daily and increasing the risk of female inactivity, throughout this study 6 interviews were conducted with females aged 17-18 to have greater knowledge about the barriers that occur. Participants were asked a serious of questions and were asked about their experiences of physical activity and the reasons for dropping. Barriers were then discussed about why they do not participate today, findings were then put into main themes and analysed comparing the findings and literature to have a larger understanding of the topic. Results: Body image, social support, confidence, time and cost had significant associations with the barriers to taking part in physical activity, these were identified as the main themes that influenced a young female’s decision not to take part in physical activity. Clothing and health worries were less strong relationships within the information gathered. Conclusion: The three main categories for the barriers found were structural barriers, interpersonal barriers and intrapersonal barriers (Crawford & Godbey 1987). Further development and understanding of these barriers could be done by linking the barriers of individuals with friendship groups and ways to overcome this barrier that occurs within females aged 17-18.
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