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Examining Adolescent Tennis Participation in Contemporary China Using an Ecological Framework

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Department of Physical Education and Health Education, Springfield College, Springfield, MA 01109, USA
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Department of Sport Management and Recreation, Springfield College, Springfield, MA 01109, USA
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Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training, Springfield College, Springfield, MA 01109, USA
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Academic Editors: Mirja Hirvensalo, Kasper Salin and Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(10), 5989; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105989
Received: 21 March 2022 / Revised: 10 May 2022 / Accepted: 12 May 2022 / Published: 14 May 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Activity across the Lifespan)
Physical activity and sport participation behaviors in children and adolescents are consistently shaped by surrounding ecological systems. Accumulating evidence highlights individual, family, peer, school and teacher, and macroenvironment elements such as policies that affect unstructured physical activity choices in youth populations. However, the reason for participation has not been fully interpreted from the perspective of the youth themselves, especially those from an Asian cultural background. In our study, we aimed to better understand the self-identified reasons for adolescents’ participation in non-organized or spontaneous tennis practice in contemporary China. Twenty-six adolescents and informants were recruited in mainland China and participated in semi-structured interviews to provide thick descriptions of their continued tennis participation behaviors. Data were coded and analyzed via NVivo 12. Four themes emerged: (a) Individual characteristics and self-interpretations of tennis culture; (b) microsystems mediating adolescents’ tennis participation; (c) barriers and obstacles impacting tennis participation; and (d) policies and macroenvironments. Adolescent tennis participation is a result of the integration effect of the sociocultural and ecological factors dominated by multifaceted ecological systems. As a particular vision of their physical activity experiences, adolescents’ interpretation of tennis and their broader worldview has been continuously reshaped by concurrent sport and educational policies. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescents; physical activity; ecological framework; thematic analysis adolescents; physical activity; ecological framework; thematic analysis
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Li, L.; Rick, O.J.C.; Mullin, E.M.; Moosbrugger, M.E. Examining Adolescent Tennis Participation in Contemporary China Using an Ecological Framework. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 5989. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105989

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Li L, Rick OJC, Mullin EM, Moosbrugger ME. Examining Adolescent Tennis Participation in Contemporary China Using an Ecological Framework. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(10):5989. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105989

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Li, Longxi, Oliver J.C. Rick, Elizabeth M. Mullin, and Michelle E. Moosbrugger. 2022. "Examining Adolescent Tennis Participation in Contemporary China Using an Ecological Framework" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 10: 5989. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105989

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