4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Mar 2008  
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In February 2008, NCCRS released a Discussion paper: Defining Sport and Exercise, a Conceptual Model, 2008 (cat no. 4149.0). If you have ever contemplated the question "what is sport?" or "what is exercise?" then this paper will be of interest to you. The discussion paper presents definitions of sport, exercise and physical recreation. It also examines the relationship between these overlapping concepts, and brings them together in a conceptual model. The model outlines what activities may be considered in scope for research on exercise, physical recreation and sport.

As a precursor to the development of this conceptual model, an analysis of sports and physical activity surveys was undertaken to review 30 surveys conducted at the national, state or territory level and this earlier work informed the development of the conceptual model. The aim of developing a conceptual model for sport and exercise is to aid interpretation and future development of surveys in this field. That said, even when concepts are well defined, there can still be practical difficulties in getting a survey design to accurately measure the concepts - and this is also briefly discussed in the paper.

The model is presented in draft form in order to provide the opportunity for feedback and comment. The ABS would be particularly keen to hear feedback from specialists working in the field of sport and physical activity policy, research or measurement. If you have any comments or wish to discuss the paper with us, please get in touch with Mike Stratton (08) 8237 7399 or Megan Warner (08) 8237 7387 in the Sport Statistics Unit. Alternatively, comments and feedback may be emailed to nccrs@abs.gov.au.