Determining Women Athletes Identify As Influences On Their Participation

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My study examines the factors women athletes identify as influences on their participation in sports. The findings show that there are both obstacles and facilitators which influence their participation in sport. Interpersonal, intrapersonal, recommendations and environmental factors are facilitators to participation in sports while obstacles include financial constraints, time, and lack of social support. This chapter will provide conclusions and recommendations. Summary The study shows that athletes recognize more facilitators than obstacles to their participation in sports. Apart from doctor and policy recommendations for the recreational participants, both recreational and elite participants identify influence by the same factors. Participants engage in physical activities to improve their general quality of life and well-being.
 The level of importance participants give to each influence differs depending on whether they are recreational or elite athletes. Recreational athletes are mostly (80%) influenced by intrapersonal factors and extrinsically motivated to engage in physical activity, while the elite athletes are mostly (70%) influenced by interpersonal factors and intrinsically motivated to participate in sports. The participants who were following doctor recommendations or institutional policy were all recreational athletes. This this group of participants act as a sub-set of recreational participants/athletes and are extrinsically motivated. Participants come

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