Year 2020, Volume 2 , Issue 1, Pages 1 - 15 2020-06-21

Sport practice and perceptions in university students: a mixed-methods study
Sport practice and perceptions in university students: a mixed-methods study

Ilaria MONTAGNİ [1] , Marine VİALEMARİNGE [2] , Christophe TZOURİO [3]


Based on the mixed-methods approach using Grounded Theory, the present study described French University students’ sport practice and explored their perceptions of sport and physical activity. A representative sample of 508 students completed a self-administered questionnaire and 27 of them were further individually interviewed. We analyzed frequency of sport, personal definition of sport versus physical activity or inactivity and health behaviors. We combined descriptive statistics of quantitative data from a tablet-based questionnaire with analysis of qualitative data from semi-structured interviews. Findings showed that 54.3% of students did not practice any sport, but 60.6% engaged in physical activities like walking or cycling. Students showed difficulties in distinguishing sport practice from physical activity. In conclusion, findings suggest considering perceptions and needs of sport and physical activity in young people when designing health promoting interventions. Such interventions should consider barriers and leverages to sport practice, such as the lack of time as well as students’ need for more sport activities and less workload.

Based on the mixed-methods approach using Grounded Theory, the present study described French University students’ sport practice and explored their perceptions of sport and physical activity. A representative sample of 508 students completed a self-administered questionnaire and 27 of them were further individually interviewed. We analyzed frequency of sport, personal definition of sport versus physical activity or inactivity and health behaviors. We combined descriptive statistics of quantitative data from a tablet-based questionnaire with analysis of qualitative data from semi-structured interviews. Findings showed that 54.3% of students did not practice any sport, but 60.6% engaged in physical activities like walking or cycling. Students showed difficulties in distinguishing sport practice from physical activity. In conclusion, findings suggest considering perceptions and needs of sport and physical activity in young people when designing health promoting interventions. Such interventions should consider barriers and leverages to sport practice, such as the lack of time as well as students’ need for more sport activities and less workload.
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Primary Language en
Subjects Education and Educational Research
Journal Section Articles
Authors

Author: Ilaria MONTAGNİ (Primary Author)
Institution: Bordeaux Population Health U1219
Country: France


Author: Marine VİALEMARİNGE
Institution: Bordeaux University School of Public Health
Country: France


Orcid: 0000-0002-6517-2984
Author: Christophe TZOURİO
Institution: Bordeaux Population Health U1219
Country: France


Dates

Publication Date : June 21, 2020

APA Montagni̇, I , Vi̇alemari̇nge, M , Tzouri̇o, C . (2020). Sport practice and perceptions in university students: a mixed-methods study . Uluslararası Spor Bilimleri Öğrenci Çalışmaları , 2 (1) , 1-15 . Retrieved from https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/i4s/issue/54890/744400