Ibero-American Journal of Exercise and Sports Psychology

ANALYSIS OF THE REASONS TO PRACTICE OR NOT EXTRACURRICULUM PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH PHYSICAL SELF-CONCEPT IN CHILEAN STUDENTS

Abstract

Leandro Navas y José Antonio Soriano

The relationship between physical activity and self-concept have been established in several studies. The objectives were to describe extracurricular sports practice and the reasons for it or not; to analyze relationships between the reasons to practice extracurricular physical activities and dimensions of physical self, and to assess whether this practice introduced differences in physical self-concept. 1773 Chilean students participated. CAF were used and a questionnaire on sports practice and reasons developed ad hoc. The results indicated that a quarter of the participants did not perform physical activity. The reasons given were lack of time and lack of interest. Those who do practiced did so as a source of health, for fitness or for fun. The reasons for the practice were related to all dimensions of physical selfconcept. The fact of doing physical extracurricular activities introduced differences in the dimensions of physical self-concept.

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