Constraints on Recreational Sport Participation in Adults in Greece: Implications for Providing and Managing Sport Services

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Konstantinos Alexandris University of Manchester

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Researchers from North America (e.g., Godbey, 1985; McGuire & O'Leary, 1992; Searle & Jackson, 1985) have raised the issue of the application of leisure constraints research to sport and recreation management and suggested that the field has tremendous potential to link theory with practice. The present study used data from a leisure constraints survey conducted in Greece (Alexandris & Carroll, 1997a; Carroll & Alexandris, 1997). Following Searle and Jackson's (1985) suggestions, the aim of the study was to identify and discuss the implications of these findings for the provision and management of recreational sport services. In order to place the findings in the context of the sport administration system in Greece, a brief introduction about how recreational sports are provided and promoted there is given.

Konstantinos Alexandris is with the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, 54641, Greece. Bob Carroll is with the Centre for Physical Education and Leisure Studies at the University of Manchester, Manchester M 139PL, England.

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