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Master of Science (MS)

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Master's Thesis




Kinesiology and Health Promotion

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Dr. Marc Cormier


The lack of physical activity and exercise participation has been an ongoing
problem for young adults aged 18-24. Universities and colleges worldwide offer a variety of required and elective physical activity courses for college credit to increase active participation in lifelong healthy lifestyles. This scoping review collected studies on college students’ motivation to participate in physical activity. The courses were taught using methods based on motivational theories. The authors of the studies collected information from the students before and after the classes to gather data on the theoretical framework’s effect on the students, if any. This review compiles this information, identifies any gaps in the literature, and makes recommendations for classroom applications or research for future studies.

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