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Participation in Sports Activities before and after the Outbreak of COVID-19: Analysis of Data from the 2020 Korea National Sports Participation Survey

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Korea Institute of Sports Science, Seoul 01794, Korea
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Department of Physical Education, College of Education, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea
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Sport Medicine Major, College of Humanities and Arts, Korea National University of Transportation, Chungju-si 27469, Korea
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Healthcare 2022, 10(1), 122; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10010122
Received: 30 November 2021 / Revised: 23 December 2021 / Accepted: 5 January 2022 / Published: 8 January 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sport and Exercise Medicine)
The present study aimed to describe the characteristics and rate of participation in sports activities, changes in sports, and the causes of these changes before and after the COVID-19 out-break in Korea using data from the 2020 Korea National Sports Participation Survey (KNSPS). Furthermore, evidence from this study could be used as basic data to maintain and promote sports activities given the current situation, in which the continued spread of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, is likely. The KNSPS is an annual survey of subjective health and fitness, sports activities and conditions, and participation in sports activities, conducted among a sample comprising the entire Korean population. The current study analyzed data for 9000 participants, and descriptive statistical analysis was performed to calculate the frequency of each item and sample weight. The rate of regular participation in sports activities at least once a week was found to be 60.10% in 2020, representing a decrease of 6.48% from the rate observed in 2019. Among the types of sports facilities frequently used within the residential area, the most common facilities were private sports facilities (22.97%), other sports facilities (20.60%), and public sports facilities (18.97%), although the utilization rate for other sports facilities increased after the COVID-19 outbreak. After the COVID-19 outbreak, 34.12% of men and 29.72% of women responded that there had been a change in their participation in regular sports activities. Both before and after the COVID-19 outbreak, walking was the most common activity, although the participation rate increased from 29.23% in 2019 to 35.70% in 2020. The rankings and participation rates for indoor sports activities (bodybuilding, swimming, etc.) tended to decrease, while those for outdoor sports activities (climbing, cycling, etc.) tended to increase. These changes may be explained in part by the increasing concern regarding infection with increasing age, except among teenagers, and by economic factors. While participation in physical activity provides numerous health benefits, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on regular participation in sports activities. The results of this survey suggest that government action is required to enhance participation in sports activities, even in the face of a pandemic. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; Korea National Sports Participation Survey; sports activity; sports participation COVID-19; Korea National Sports Participation Survey; sports activity; sports participation
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Lee, O.; Park, S.; Kim, Y.; So, W.-Y. Participation in Sports Activities before and after the Outbreak of COVID-19: Analysis of Data from the 2020 Korea National Sports Participation Survey. Healthcare 2022, 10, 122. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10010122

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Lee O, Park S, Kim Y, So W-Y. Participation in Sports Activities before and after the Outbreak of COVID-19: Analysis of Data from the 2020 Korea National Sports Participation Survey. Healthcare. 2022; 10(1):122. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10010122

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Lee, On, Soyoung Park, Yeonsoo Kim, and Wi-Young So. 2022. "Participation in Sports Activities before and after the Outbreak of COVID-19: Analysis of Data from the 2020 Korea National Sports Participation Survey" Healthcare 10, no. 1: 122. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10010122

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