Health Implications of Students Recreation in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

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International Journal of Research and Scientific Innovation (IJRSI) | Volume VIII, Issue V, May 2021 | ISSN 2321–2705

Health Implications of Students Recreation in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Omotayo Ben, Olugbamila1*, Olusola Olufayo2, Oluwatimilehin Oluborode3 Austin Sanya Olowoyo4 and Tobi Adediran5
1,3&5Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
2Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
4Department of Architecture, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Nigeria
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Abstract: This paper examines the health implications of recreation activities among undergraduate students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. A multi-stage sampling procedure was employed for the study. Eight undergraduate’s hall of residence comprising four each for male and female were identified, three halls of residence each from male and female hostel were randomly selected. 1018 rooms were identified across the selected halls of residence out of which 102 rooms which represents 10% of the total number of rooms were selected for questionnaire administration. The study revealed that academic work schedule, mood, personal interest and awareness are the significant deterring factors to students participation in recreational activities, also, majority of the students perceived recreation as beneficial to their health and wellbeing. The correlation analysis between proximity to recreational facility and duration of recreation also showed that proximity does not influence recreational participation with an R value of 19.5%. A regression model with R= 92.7% revealed a strong relationship between hours spent recreating and health benefits experienced. The study concludes that policies that will encourage participation in recreational activities should be encouraged.

Keywords: Undergraduate Students, Health Implications, Recreational Activities, Hall of Residence, Participation

Recreation activity is an important ingredient for long life. It is an experience or activity that is carried out within leisure, chosen voluntarily and providing pleasure for individuals of all age group (Akintunde, 2001, Adigun et al, 2016, Fatih et al, 2020) and according to Agbabiaka et al (2020) recreation is from the concept of creating again, reforming, or restoring the mind. It encompasses relaxation and recuperation; as it reforms and makes the individual to continue to perform on the job without undue stress. Recreation activities can be at community or individual level, it can be active or passive, indoor or outdoor and healthy or harmful. Simon (2015) emphasized that proper recreation is important as eating a healthy diet. Researches has shown also that people’s involvement