Research Article - Journal of Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine (2018) Volume 2, Issue 2
Barriers of sports participation in higher education in the UAE.
Students in higher education are at a higher risk to miss participation in private or institutionorganized
physical activities, and this can be reflected badly on their academic performance and
future social and physical wellbeing. The current study aimed to identify the barriers hindering the
sports participation among sports participants and non-participants in higher education in the UAE.
The study demonstrated that both participants and non-participants are significantly affected by
several barriers which are lack of facilities, frequent sickness, social and culture barriers, lack of
interest, diseases and disabilities, lack of time, peer pressure, shortage of qualified trainers, and
overload of study work and lack of transportation. This study provides important data to decision
makers about the barriers that hinder sports participation and help them to find solutions in order to
improve students? involvement in physical education and sports in the higher education level in the
UAE. Author(s): Mohammed Abou Elmagd, Usha Tiwari, Abubakr H Mossa, Dhirendra Tiwari
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