Patterns of sports behaviour in youth and young adulthood

Klostermann, Claudia; Zehl, Roman Alexander; Hayoz, Christelle Vanessa; Schlesinger, Torsten (5 June 2018). Patterns of sports behaviour in youth and young adulthood. In: World Congress of Sociology of Sport - Sports Organizations and Organizing Sports: Critical Reflections. Book of Abstracts. The 2018 annual conference of the International Sociology of Sport Association. Lausanne, Switzerland. 05.06.2018-08.06.2018.

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Sport has become a multifaceted culture with countless possibilities for young people: from traditional sport clubs to scene sports or informal physical activities (Borgers, et al. 2015). That growing variety facilitates changes between different sports or the combination of different sports. Therefore, the question arises whether typical patterns regarding the combinations of sports and physical activities in different organisational forms can be identified. Using an online survey, adolescents and young adults (n = 4039; age: 15-30 years, M = 21.48 years, SD = 4.64) were asked which physical and sports activities they practice regularly and how these activities are organized. Respondents could indicate up to five different activities. The majority of the respondents (76.1 %) practices two or more physical and sports activities. 47.1% of the activities that respondents perceive as most important, are organized in sport clubs, whereas 42.8% are practiced in an informal way (alone or with friends). If the most important activity is informal, the other mentioned activities are rather informal, too. However, activities practiced in sport clubs are often combined with informal sports activities (62.8%). These first descriptive analyses illustrate that different behavioural patterns of sport activities among young adults can be distinguished. They will be refined in further analyses (e.g. latent profile analyses).

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07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Sociology and Management

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Klostermann, Claudia, Zehl, Roman Alexander, Hayoz, Christelle Vanessa


700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment




Claudia Klostermann

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13 Aug 2018 12:52

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