Participation In Sport

Factors Affecting Participation In Sport


  • As you get older, high energy sports like Football, Rugby and Basketball become harder to take part in
  • When you get older, your body begins to loose it flexibility
  • As well as loosing flexibility, you will become slower and begin to loose strength
  • Some sports only become available at a later age, for example, full contact rugby is not offered to children under the age of 11.
  • As people get older, then tend to play more sports like golf, as it requires very little physical fitness.


Some sports tend to particularly favour one gender or the other.

For example: Rugby is mainly thought to be a sport for males, with not as many opportunity's for females. Where as netball is the opposite, mainly thought to be a female based sport with not as many opportunity's for females.


To make sure that the physicality's are still available for use for the disabled they must make sure there are:

  • Ramps for access
  • Changing and toilet facilities
  • Doors of an appropriate width
  • Access to all facilities
  • Adaptations to equipment for access

Also, when competing modifying the rules may make the game easier and more enjoyable for the disabled to take part in


Dependent on what height, weight and built you are taking part in some sports may be difficult.

The 3 types of somatotypes are:

  • Endomorph
  • Mesomorph
  • Ectomorph

Endomorph- Pear shape: Sumo Wrestler

Mesomorph- Muscular: Rugby Player

Ectomorph-Tall and skinny: High Jumper

Risk and Challenge

Some sports have a lot of risk and challenge in them. Challenge means to test your ability where as risk means the possibility of danger being in the sport, such as Rock Climbing

By Tom Jardine