Sport Club Participation and Health-Related Outcomes in College Students: Comparisons by Sex and Academic Classification

Tsz Lun (Alan) Chu, Tao Zhang
  • Recreational Sports Journal, April 2018, Human Kinetics
  • DOI: 10.1123/rsj.2016-0030

Sport club participation and health-related outcomes in college students across sex and year

What is it about?

This study on sport club members found that males reported more recreation center visits, greater sport club satisfaction, and lower well-being than females; freshmen reported more recreation center visits and higher GPA than non-freshmen. Furthermore, sport club satisfaction was positively related to GPA and well-being, and sport club memberships were positively related to BMI in the overall sample.

Why is it important?

Recreational sports are co-curricular activities on campus in which any college students can participate, and are viewed as essential components of higher education. However, little research examined the effects of sex and academic classification on the quantity and quality of sport club participation. Those group differences found in this study suggest that campus recreation professionals should consider sex and freshman status of sport club participants to target their diverse needs for optimal health-related outcomes.


Dr Tsz Lun (Alan) Chu (Author)
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

I personally organized a sport club, so it was interesting and fun to study this population and understand how the benefits of sport club participation would differ across sociodemographic variables.

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