Description of Youth Reality in Caldas (Colombia): Sport, Recreation and Leisure

José Armando Vidarte Claros

Consuelo Vélez Álvarez

*Corresponding author: José Armando Vidarte Claros

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Vidarte Claros, J. A., & Vélez Álvarez, C. (2012). Description of Youth Reality in Caldas (Colombia): Sport, Recreation and Leisure. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 110, 78-88.



Introduction: the purpose of this research was to establish the characteristics of young people in Caldas in the area of sports, recreation and leisure. Subjects and methods: we took a mixed approach using young people in the Department of Caldas and selected a sample of 4,479 young people according to the sampling design (simple random). Results: 60% of young people are unaware of the organisations that promote sport in the region. The lowest participation rates for sports programmes were found among those aged between 14 and 18. 7.2% have had sports as a work option. Leisure activities, recreation and the proper use of free time are the pretext for the expression of beliefs, staging situations that are designed to be thought-provoking and generating mechanisms that lead and encourage young people to ask questions about their role in society. Conclusions: the young people in the study view sport as an activity that provides them with the chance to use their free time and makes it possible to achieve a better quality of life. It is commonly the case that the vast majority who play sport require greater knowledge and ownership in their various practices.

Keywords: Ejercicio, Exercise, Free Time, Knowledge, Leisure, Reasons for Doing Sport, Recreation, Sport, Sports Programmes.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Received: November 11, 2011

Accepted: February 20, 2012

Published: October 01, 2012