INVESTIGATION OF RECREATIONAL INTERESTS OF SENIOR ATHLETES

Jelena Ilić

The interests could be simply defined as likes or dislikes attached to specific activities or objects and they are the products of interaction of inherited factors involved in personality development and exogenous factors as opportunity and social evaluation. The aim of this work is to measure recreational sport interests of senior athletes. On the sample of 318 athletes (135 female and 183 male), attending different sports (mostly volleyball, water polo, basketball), sports recreation interest questionnaire was applied. The independent variables were gender and residence and dependent variables were 57 sports recreation activities, evaluated on five-point scale. The results show that the most popular sports recreation activities were swimming, jogging, volleyball, basketball and fitness, and the least popular were rugby, wrestling and football. It turns out that there were 38 statistically significant gender differences and 1 residence difference in attractiveness of sports recreational activities, and that much more differences are presented among unpopular sports.

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