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Sport for Adults Aged 50+ Years: Participation Benefits and Barriers

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)363-371
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
Journal publication date1 Jul 2018
Volume26
Issue3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2018

Abstract

Despite the health benefits of sport, the proportion of people participating in sport decreases with age. This qualitative study explored the benefits and barriers regarding older adult community sport participation, from the perspective of National Sporting Organizations, in addition to older adult sport club and non-sport club members, across eight focus group interviews (n = 49). Seven benefits were discussed, primarily social and physical health and intergenerational opportunities. Ten barriers were also discussed, including physical health, time constraints and lack of appropriate playing opportunities. Ensuring access to activities that can benefit social health is of great importance to older adults. As sport can provide participation opportunities across generations, it can be an ideal physical activity option for this age group. However, a major barrier is that sport policy often prioritizes participation for younger age groups. Policymakers should include a focus on older adults, in order to derive social health benefits.

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