Environmental constraints on leisure time physical activity among Latino urban residents

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While there exists growing research on the environmental correlates of physical activity among the mainstream American population, evidence of the effects of environmental constraints on leisure time physical activity (LTPA) among minority groups in this country is lacking. Moreover, the existing literature on the constraints on LTPA among minorities has concentrated primarily on socio-cultural issues. In light of this, the objective of this study was to investigate environmental constraints on LTPA experienced by Latino residents of two predominantly low-income minority communities in the city of Chicago, IL. Four focus groups with residents and 11 in-depth interviews with community stakeholders were conducted between June 2007 and December 2008. The findings of the study showed that lack of access to natural environments suitable for LTPA, poor maintenance of parks, inability to obtain recreation equipment, safety issues, language problems and lack of Spanish-language information about programmes, racial tensions and discrimination, and traffic problems limited Latino's involvement in LTPA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-335
Number of pages23
JournalQualitative Research in Sport and Exercise
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 2010


  • Latinos
  • Minority urban communities
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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