We’re still teeing off! Why do older adults play golf?
ISPAH ePoster Library. Stenner B. Oct 15, 2018; 225048
Brad Stenner
Brad Stenner
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Participation in organised sport is declining, but golf participation by older adults is defying this trend. This study investigated why older Australians play golf using the Golf Participation Questionnaire for Older Adults (GPQOA) which was developed and validated specifically for this purpose.Method:The GPQOA has 30 items, reflecting nine key themes based on previous research related to why older adults play golf. Participants (N = 3262; 83% male; male: 64.0±5.6 yrs.; female: 64.1±5.1 yrs.) completed the GPQOA. Reasons for participation were ranked and compared between genders. Results:<\b>
Fun, the pleasant Natural Environment, and Competition were the three most important reasons for participation for both men and women, and were more important than reasons related to health. Fun, Environment, Part of Community, Mental Health, Cognitive Health and Physical Health were more important to female golfers, whilst Competition, Exercise for Older Age and Time for Self were not different between genders. Conclusion:<\b>
Older adults play golf primarily because it is fun, played in a pleasant natural environment and provides an enjoyable source of competition. While social and health benefits were important determinants of participation, females rated these as more important than males. Marketing and participation strategies should focus on these reasons when promoting golf participation.
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