Table 4

Motivations for currently active adults who indicated they wished to try a new activity and barriers for currently inactive adults with and without disability for participation in sport or physical recreation, numbers and percentages

MotivationsBarriers
Active adults with disability (n=2299*)Active adults without disability (n=13 345*)Inactive adults with disability (n=2068†)Inactive adults without disability (n=3355†)
Physical health or fitness‡1264 (55)6411 (46)Poor health or injury‡1315 (62)459 (11)
Fun/enjoyment728 (34)4470 (34)Disability‡416 (19)45 (1)
Other577 (28)3462 (26)Lack of time, too many other commitments‡160 (9)1286 (43)
Social reason‡321 (13)2277 (18)Increasing age/too old‡267 (9)322 (6)
To lose weight/keep weight off‡184 (9)899 (7)Other‡181 (10)510 (15)
Physio/rehab/postop‡195 (8)276 (2)Physical job‡67 (7)316 (17)
Psychological/mental health162 (6)890 (6)Don’t like sport/physical activity‡74 (4)234 (8)
To be outdoors/enjoy nature124 (6)639 (5)Too lazy‡63 (3)214 (7)
Learn a new skill‡96 (4)820 (7)Not a priority (anymore)‡51 (2)243 (7)
Hobby‡87 (4)649 (5)No particular reason‡38 (2)237 (7)
Performance or competition51 (2)324 (3)Fear of injury27 (1)29 (1)
Sense of achievement29 (2)271 (2)No opportunities/facilities/ clubs in my area15 (1)36 (1)
Way of getting around31 (2)130 (1)Too busy doing child’s activities to do my own‡9 (0.5)73 (3)
Training purposes‡24 (1)224 (2)Looking after child/infant‡9 (0.3)110 (4)
Part of my job5 (0.4)31 (0.3)Can’t afford it/can’t afford transport14 (1)35 (1)
Walk the dog8 (0.3)19 (0.1)Not value for money/not worth it5 (0.2)<5 (0)
No reason in particular‡8 (0.3)90 (1)Not familiar with activity/rules<5 (0.1)6 (0.2)
Coaching<5 (0)8 (0)Don’t know<5 (0)9 (0.2)
Don’t know<5 (0)20 (0.2)No transport/can’t get there‡<5 (0)10 (0.3)
For the money0 (0)7 (0)Pregnancy‡<5 (0.1)36 (2)
Weather<5 (0)9 (0.1)
Not good enough‡<5 (0)10 (0.2)
Too competitive<5 (0)0 (0)
Nobody to do it with0 (0)6 (0)
Fear of discrimination0 (0)0 (0)
Not cul”turally appropriate<5 (0)<5 (0)
  • Actual number replaced with <5 when five or less respondents selected that motivator or barrier to maintain deidentification.

  • *Adults considering trying a new sport or physical recreation activity in the next 12 months who have participated in sport or physical recreation in the past 12 months.

  • †Currently inactive adults who have not done any sport or physical recreation in the past 12 months.

  • ‡Significant (p<0.05) difference between groups for weighted percentages (χ2 analysis).