What is it about?

Physical inactivity commonly occurs throughout one’s life, particularly during adolescence and young adulthood. Multiple factors can negatively influence participation in physical activity, but there has been no review examining the barriers to physical activity among high school and university students. Therefore, the aim of this systematic review was to summarize evidence of barriers to the practice of physical activity among high school and university students. The literature search was conducted without time limits using five databases, including CINAHL, Cochrane Library, Embase, PubMed, and Scopus. In total, 59 studies (37 with high school students [n = 22,908] and 22 with university students [n = 15,411]) were included. The main barriers identified in high school and university students were lack of time, lack of motivation, and lack of accessible places. These findings may be useful in designing and implementing evidence-informed interventions and programs for physical activity promotion in students.

Featured Image

Why is it important?

knowing the factors that prevent or hinder the practice of physical activity can help in strategies to promote physical activity and decrease sedentary behavior


collaborate in promoting physical activity and reducing sedentary behavior

Regina Márcia Ferreira Silva
Instituto Federal Goiano

Read the Original

This page is a summary of: Barriers to high school and university students’ physical activity: A systematic review, PLoS ONE, April 2022, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0265913.
You can read the full text:

Open access logo



The following have contributed to this page