The relationship between the reasons for doing and not doing sports and sports awareness in university students: A cross-sectional study

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Abakay H., Dere T., Akbayrak T.

Anadolu Tıp Dergisi, vol.28, no.3, pp.411-419, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


Aim: The aim of this study was to determine the level of sports awareness and reasons for university

students doing or not doing sports, and to investigate the relationship between these two


Methods: The study included 479 university students from different provinces of Turkey, who were

literate in Turkish. The sports habits of the students were evaluated using the Reasons for Doing

and Not Doing Sports Questionnaire, and the level of sports awareness with the Sports Awareness

Scale. All the data were collected online using a questionnaire created on Google Forms.

Results: The sport most frequently played by university students was determined to be volleyball

(39.45%). The most common reason for not doing sport was physical reasons (1.35±1.23). The mean

total score of the Sports Awareness Scale was 107.08±20.70. A statistically significant, weak positive

correlation was determined between the subparameters of the Reasons for Doing Sport and

all the subparameters of the Sports Awareness Scale, and with the exception of Insufficient Time, a

statistically significant, weak negative correlation was determined between the subparameters of

the Reasons for Not Doing Sport and the Sports Awareness Scale (p<0.05).

Conclusion: The study results demonstrated that the rates of university students doing sports were

generally high. There is a need for further studies to develop awareness and increase sporting activities,

and remove the limitations that can prevent participation in sports.