Personal stressors are events or conditions that occur in a person's life that may adversely impact on the individual's or their family's wellbeing. A stressor may occur directly, such as personally experiencing a serious illness, or indirectly, such as having a family member with a serious illness. In some instances personal stressors may have an ongoing impact, or limit the capacity of a person or family to live a satisfying and productive life.
People who experienced a personal stressor in the last 12 months had a higher participation rate in sport and physical recreation activities (77%) than those who did not experience any of these stressors (70%). Of those who participated in sport and physical recreation, 63% of people experienced a stressor in the last 12 months, compared with 56% of non-participants who had experienced a stressor. Research has shown that exercise has stress modifying effects, where people who exercise more exhibit less health problems when they encounter stress than those who don't participate (Gerber & Pühse 2009), but the motivation for participating in sport and physical recreation varies among individuals.
5.4 Participation in Sport and Physical Recreation, By whether experienced a personal stressor in last 12 months
Did not participate
|Experienced a stressor |
|Did not experience a stressor |
|(a) Includes null response and not stated. |
This page last updated 26 March 2012