Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2010) 09, 374 - 381

Research article
Perceived Barriers by University Students in the Practice of Physical Activities
Manuel Gómez-López , Antonio Granero Gallegos, Antonio Baena Extremera
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Faculty of Sports Science, University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain

Manuel Gómez-López
✉ Department of Physical Activity and Sport, Faculty of Sports Sciences. University of Murcia, C/ Argentina, s/n. 30720 - Santiago de la Ribera, Murcia, Spain.
Publish Date
Received: 23-02-2010
Accepted: 03-05-2010
Published (online): 01-09-2010
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The main goal of this research is to study in detail the main characteristics of university students in order to find out the reasons why they have adopted an inactive lifestyle. In order to do so, a questionnaire on the analysis of sports habits and lifestyle was given to 323 students. They were taken from a representative sample of 1834 students. These 323 students had pointed out at the moment of the fieldwork, not having practiced any sport in their spare time. Our findings point out that there are diverse reasons for this. On one hand, reasons referred to as external barriers such as lack of time, on the other hand, internal barriers such as not liking the physical activity, not seeing its practicality or usefulness, feeling lazy or with apathy, or thinking that they are not competent in this type of activities. Other reasons such as the lack of social support are grouped within the external barriers. Finally, it is important to stress that there are also differences based on gender with respect to motivation.

Key words: University students, barriers, physical and sport practice

           Key Points
  • External barriers prevail in university students. The lack of time is among the most highlighted ones.
  • Statistically significant results have been found regarding the gender variable.
  • The results are very important since they are considered to be valuable information for university institutions when guiding and diversifying their offer of physical and sport activities. Also as a guide in the design of support policies and national sport management guidelines.
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