Research Impact Summary: Universities offer various ways to engage in physical activity (PA) through different life domains. Transport and recreational activities have documented benefits for students’ health related quality of life but little is known about students’ engagement with these activities while attending university. This paper explores how students organise their PA across transport and recreational domains and identifies the psychosocial factors related to the patterns. Data collected on almost 7,000 students showed that one size does not fit all when it comes to students PA engagement with five patterns identified. Psychosocial factors that have a positive influence on PA engagement have been identified in this study and need to be mapped into effective intervention design helping create active student populations.
Murphy, J.J., MacDonncha, C., Murphy, M.H., Murphy, N., Nevill, A.M. and Woods, C.B., 2019. What Psychosocial Factors Determine the Physical Activity Patterns of University Students?. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, (00), pp.1-8. DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2018-0205