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Barriers to participation in sport

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Adam Drake

on 5 December 2012

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Transcript of Barriers to participation in sport

What are these barriers? Task:

With the person next to you draw up a list of things that might stop an individual taking part in a sport or physical activity. Over the centuries, differences in culture have influenced what, how and why sport is played.

There are many barriers which prevent people from playing. These may be personal, material or cultural.

Many agencies have derived strategies or initiatives to help encourage and give better access to sporting activities in our society Barriers to participation in sport Barriers to participation Time Lack of time is most frequent reason for not participating .

Other priorities may limit the time individuals have to take part. What might stop some people taking part? Fitness Lack of fitness is one of the most popular excuses Understand the cultural influences and barriers that affect participation in sports activities We can divide most of the things you listed into one of these groups: Time Resources Fitness Ability Medical Conditions Lifestyle Work Family Domestic Duties Resources These fall into 3 main groups:
People Can you think of an example for each of these? They probably need to improve their fitness first before they can take part.

The initial problem here is having the motivation to do so! Ability Lack of ability can prevent some people taking part at a higher level, however, this should not stop them from finding a sport they can enjoy.

How could they change this? Lifestyle A busy lifestyle may hinder their ability to take part in sport

We have a culture of long working hours with people eager to impress colleagues or get promotions. This eats into LEISURE time.

Some people need to prioritise areas other than work and try to achieve a healthy work- life balance. On the other side of this argument some people may choose a certain sport because of their status. Examples? Medical Conditions People with genuine medical conditions may need to exercise under supervision or guidance. Some people may be referred to a local gym for rehabilitation from a serious condition or to improve their health and well being We know that sport can benefit people and fulfil needs in their lives but we need to understand that not all people have equal access to sporting opportunities. These issues may be something we take for granted but due to the way our society exists and has changed threr are a range of factors that affect participation in sport, including: Gender
Ethnic Origin
Socio-economic classification Gender Statistics clearly show that women have a lower rate of participation than men. http://www.sportengland.org/media_centre/press_releases/sports_participation_figures.aspx Ethnic Origin Recent statistics have shown a direct relationship between ethnic origin and participation in sport This research shows that:
white ethnic groups have the highest rates of participation
people of Pakistani origin have the lowest
women of Pakistani origin have particularly low rates
certain groups are well represented in some groups but very poorly in others.
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