Social Disparities in Sports Participation of the Adolescents: A comparative study of High Schools in Rural and Urban areas of District Abbott Abad
Background: So for as the issue of constraints and hurdles in the way of adolescents towards participation in sports from rural and urban communities are concerned, literature confirms that both communities have their own problems affecting the frequency and level of participation in sports. Objectives: For the present study, the main objectives were (i) to determine the level of sports participation in high school students from rural and urban areas (ii) To identify and compare the factors affecting sports part. Methodology: In this research study, a comparative research design was employed. Two main categories of factors; administrative and social aspects, were taken into consideration and cross analyses were made with the students’ participation in sports representing twenty rural and urban schools of district Abbott Abad. A 4-point Likert Scale was used for the collection of data. Results: Both rural and urban students did not show significant differences in sports participation (p=0.000), despite the influence of many factors that hindered their participation in sports. A comparison was made between administrative factors and sports participation of rural and urban students and no significant differences were found (p=0.000). Other comparisons were made between social factors and sports participation of rural and urban students and there were no significant differences (p=0.000). Based on these findings, it was concluded that administrative factors obstructed the participation of the rural and urban students in sports, whereas social factors motivated them to participate in sports.
Keywords: Sports, Administrative, Social, constraints Participation, Rural, Urban