Megan Rose Ellis, Kelly Ann Evers, Samantha Kaye Isidro, Jac Nicole Reamsnyder


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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Studies have shown that this current generation of young adults is one of the least active when compared to other age groups. Most of these young adults are college-aged students with busy, stressful lives who cannot find the time to use recreation facilities. A main issue in research is that physical activity has declined and that there are surrounding factors that influence this. This study will focus on the primary motivation factors for physical activity participation in hopes of highlighting what motivate college-aged students to prioritize their health and fitness. A survey will be conducted and sent out to students who use the recreation facilities at the University of Dayton. Specifically, we will focus on measuring a variety of motivation factors, which includes social reasons, health benefits, weight management, self-confidence, competition, etc. The research findings will not only help us better understand the motivations behind the physical activity participation among UD students, it will also be beneficial to the UD Campus Recreation by allowing them to better satisfy the needs of their student clients.

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Haozhou Pu

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Health and Sport Science


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Motivation Factors that Affect the Usage of the Recreation Facility by College Students