Keeping It in the Family: The Generational Transmission of Physical Activity

  • Victoria J. Palmer
Part of the Global Culture and Sport Series book series (GCS)


The role that family plays in Physical Activity (PA) practices is often overlooked in the PA literature. Nevertheless, family is often identified as a determinant of PA (Bauman et al., 2012; Sherwood and Jeffrey, 2000). Additionally, research into the role that family plays in PA practices tends to focus on children and their parents, rather than how the family may influence PA throughout the life course. Thus, very little is known about how family can impact the PA of older adults or how older adults can influence their families’ PA. Therefore, unpacking the role that family plays in PA choices throughout the life course may allow us further insights into the way PA beliefs, understandings and practices are formed, maintained and embodied.


Physical Activity Sport Participation Physical Activity Participation Moral Panic Master Athlete 
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