Research Impact: A better understanding of students’ physical activity and how it is associated with personal, behavioral, and environmental factors is needed, however, no systematic approach to gather information pertaining to all across a whole country has been developed. This study provides a novel and comprehensive protocol, including a web-based environmental audit tool and student survey, which was used to collect data from 33 universities and 8,122 students on the island of Ireland. This protocol is applicable for other countries and has great potential to create harmonization of data, which would allow for direct comparisons across nations.
Murphy, J.J., Woods, C.B., Murphy, M.H., Murphy, N., Byrne, N. and Mac Donncha, C., 2019. Student Activity and Sport Study Ireland: Protocol for a Web-Based Survey and Environmental Audit Tool for Assessing the Impact of Multiple Factors on University Students’ Physical Activity. JMIR research protocols, 8(2), p.e10823. doi:10.2196/10823