Campus Recreation Amenity Use Differences by Sexual Orientation Among US College Students

Keegan T. Peterson, Melissa Bopp, Ginny M. Frederick, Sammie L. Powers, Oliver W.A. Wilson

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College years are a formative life stage; however, students who identify as a sexual minority participate in insufficient physical activity. This study examined differences in level of comfort 1) with/in campus recreation facilities overall, and 2) using specific amenities, by sexual orientation. Students at four public universities completed online surveys assessing perceived comfort using their campus recreation facility. Among participants (n = 160), Kruskal-Wallis analyses showed comfort using campus recreation facilities, free weights, non-intramural sports,and intramural sports was significantly higher among heterosexual students compared to sexual minority students (all p < 0.005). These findings highlight inequities in comfort using campus recreation facilities and provide evidence of the need for inclusive recreation spaces for all students regardless of sexual orientation. Future research is needed to assess LBGTQ+ student's health disparities related to campus recreation facility use and how to increase perceived comfort for all students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-125
Number of pages8
JournalRecreational Sports Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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