Submission Title

Current Student, Faculty and Staff Perceptions of Linfield's Fitness Facilities

Location

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

Subject Area

Health, Human Performance and Athletics

Description

Participating in regular physical activity is important in improving personal fitness, reducing the risk of chronic disease, and preventing unhealthy weight gain. However, recent studies have found that half of the students attending universities in the United States do not meet recommended levels of physical activity. A potential way to combat this issue and encourage more physical activity in college students is through the use and improvement of on-campus fitness facilities. Previous studies that surveyed students found that common barriers preventing the usage of college fitness facilities include a lack of knowledge of how to use the equipment, an intimidating environment, inadequate operational hours, equipment availability, and parking availability. Recent studies reported that a remodel of facilities to improve some of these barriers increased frequency of physical activity in both habitual and new facility users. The purpose of our study was to survey the Linfield community regarding Linfield’s fitness facilities, in hopes of directing future improvements to facilitate greater physical activity participation for students as well as faculty and staff.

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Current Student, Faculty and Staff Perceptions of Linfield's Fitness Facilities

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

Participating in regular physical activity is important in improving personal fitness, reducing the risk of chronic disease, and preventing unhealthy weight gain. However, recent studies have found that half of the students attending universities in the United States do not meet recommended levels of physical activity. A potential way to combat this issue and encourage more physical activity in college students is through the use and improvement of on-campus fitness facilities. Previous studies that surveyed students found that common barriers preventing the usage of college fitness facilities include a lack of knowledge of how to use the equipment, an intimidating environment, inadequate operational hours, equipment availability, and parking availability. Recent studies reported that a remodel of facilities to improve some of these barriers increased frequency of physical activity in both habitual and new facility users. The purpose of our study was to survey the Linfield community regarding Linfield’s fitness facilities, in hopes of directing future improvements to facilitate greater physical activity participation for students as well as faculty and staff.