Can't play, won't play: longitudinal changes in perceived barriers to participation in sports clubs across the child-adolescent transition

Laura Basterfield, Lauren Gardner, Jessica K Reilly, Mark S Pearce, Kathryn N Parkinson, Ashley J Adamson, John J Reilly, Stewart A Vella

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Participation in sports is associated with numerous physical and psychosocial health benefits, however, participation declines with age, and knowledge of perceived barriers to participation in children is lacking. This longitudinal study of children and adolescents aimed to use the ecological model of physical activity to assess changes in barriers to participation in sports clubs to identify age- and weight-specific targets for intervention.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere000079
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalBMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Mar 2016


  • weight status
  • adolescence
  • sport participation
  • sports clubs

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