Perceived Motives for Participation in Leisure-Time Physical Activity among Employees of Tertiary Institutions in Ondo State, Nigeria.
Ajibua Michael Alayode, Alla Joseph Babalola, Oyerinde Olufemi Oyesegun

The purpose of this study was to find out the perceived motives for participation in leisure-time physical activity among employees of tertiary institutions in Ondo State, Nigeria. The population for the study was two hundred (200) teaching and two hundred (200) non-teaching staff of Government-owned tertiary institutions in the State. A structured and validated questionnaire named, “Motives for Physical Activity Questionnaire (MPAQ)” was used to collect data for the study. The data collected through the questionnaire was analyzed using descriptive statistics (mean, standard deviation and standard error) to establish the motives influencing leisure-time physical activities. The results of the study indicated that attainment of physical fitness, longevity and stress reduction ranked highest as the motives for employees’ participation in leisure time physical activities. Based on the findings, it was recommended that coaches, sport managers and other ancillary leisure professionals should have the knowledge of motives for participation in leisure time physical activities as this will assist in planning activities that will meet the goals of the staff. Lastly, it was also suggested that employers should create, sustain and offer incentives to motivate employees to get involved in leisure time physical activities for its attendant health benefits.

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