Perspectives of public health and leisure studies on determinants of physically active leisure.

Barbara E. Ainsworth, Roger C. Mannell, Timothy K. Behrens, Linda L. Caldwell

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Public health has historically been concerned with eliminating factors associated with disease, disability, and early mortality, whereas leisure studies has emerged from the need to create and manage recreational opportunities and promote leisure activities and experiences. Coincidently, both fields have progressed toward an appreciation of the role of active leisure in enhancing a population's health and well-being. Factors associated with making choices to be physically active in leisure time are complex and multidimensional. This paper provides historical perspectives from public health and leisure studies (i.e., parks and recreation), describes models used to understand physically active leisure from both fields, and suggests direction for future collaborative research between public health and parks, recreation, and leisure researchers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S24-35
JournalJournal of physical activity & health
Volume4 Suppl 1
StatePublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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