Title

Assessing the Benefits of College Climbing Programs: Applying the Perceived Health Outcomes of Recreation Scale

Presenting Author Name/s

Peter Ahl

Faculty Advisor

Eddie Hill

Presentation Type

Poster

Disciplines

Sports Studies

Description/Abstract

Although rock climbing was seen as a outdoor sport for few who chose to live life outside high on the mountain side, more recent years the sport of climbing has become more main stream. It is now in the Olympics, many YMCAs, middle schools, and colleges. College climbing programs have become increasingly popular. Yet, we have very little evidence of the benefits of rock climbing of “indoor settings” especially on college campuses. The current study seeks to examine the health benefits among college rock climbers. In the spring of 2017 (N=52).

Results

46% Female; Mean Age: 23; Race: 92% White; 66% Heterosexual;

Marital Status: 96% Single; 82% employed

73% voted in the last election; 55% climb indoors; and climbed on averaged 16 times/month

57% of climbers have attended some college and 19% have college degrees

28% indicated that they have a total household income of less than $10,000

Level of Involvement with Professional Organizations

75% of climbers use LNT principles, but only 22% are LNT Members

4% are Access Fund Members

14% are AMGA/PCIA members

Perceived Health Outcomes of Recreation Scale

Cronbach’s Alpha for the three dimensions = .89

Factor structured supported Gómez, Hill, Zhu, & Freidt, 2016

ANOVA revealed no significant difference between benefits (PREV, IMPROV and PSYC) attained and:

Sexual Orientation (LGBTQ-19/Straight-33)

Gender (Male-28/Female-24)

Discussion

The lack of significant difference is certainly to be viewed cautiously due to the small sample size. However, the results indicate both males and females, as well as both LGTBQ and straight benefited equally from indoor climbing. This supports the notion of our indoor climbing population becoming more diverse than historically perceived (Hill et al., 2007).

46% Female; Mean Age: 23; Race: 92% White; 66% Heterosexual;

Marital Status: 96% Single; 82% employed 73% voted in the last election; 55% climb indoors; and climbed on averaged 16 times/month 57% of climbers have attended some college and 19% have college degrees 28% indicated that they have a total household income of less than $10,000

Level of Involvement with Professional Organizations

75% of climbers use LNT principles, but only 22% are LNT Members

4% are Access Fund Members

14% are AMGA/PCIA members

Perceived Health Outcomes of Recreation Scale

Cronbach’s Alpha for the three dimensions = .89

•Factor structured supported Gómez, Hill, Zhu, & Freidt, 2016 •ANOVA revealed no significant difference between benefits (PREV, IMPROV and PSYC) attained and: •Sexual Orientation (LGBTQ-19/Straight-33) •Gender (Male-28/Female-24) The lack of significant difference is certainly to be viewed cautiously due to the small sample size. However, the results indicate both males and females, as well as both LGTBQ and straight benefited equally from indoor climbing. This supports the notion of our indoor climbing population becoming more diverse than historically perceived (Hill et al., 2007).

Session Title

Poster Session

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Northwest Atrium

Start Date

3-2-2018 8:00 AM

End Date

3-2-2018 12:30 PM

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Assessing the Benefits of College Climbing Programs: Applying the Perceived Health Outcomes of Recreation Scale

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Northwest Atrium

Although rock climbing was seen as a outdoor sport for few who chose to live life outside high on the mountain side, more recent years the sport of climbing has become more main stream. It is now in the Olympics, many YMCAs, middle schools, and colleges. College climbing programs have become increasingly popular. Yet, we have very little evidence of the benefits of rock climbing of “indoor settings” especially on college campuses. The current study seeks to examine the health benefits among college rock climbers. In the spring of 2017 (N=52).

Results

46% Female; Mean Age: 23; Race: 92% White; 66% Heterosexual;

Marital Status: 96% Single; 82% employed

73% voted in the last election; 55% climb indoors; and climbed on averaged 16 times/month

57% of climbers have attended some college and 19% have college degrees

28% indicated that they have a total household income of less than $10,000

Level of Involvement with Professional Organizations

75% of climbers use LNT principles, but only 22% are LNT Members

4% are Access Fund Members

14% are AMGA/PCIA members

Perceived Health Outcomes of Recreation Scale

Cronbach’s Alpha for the three dimensions = .89

Factor structured supported Gómez, Hill, Zhu, & Freidt, 2016

ANOVA revealed no significant difference between benefits (PREV, IMPROV and PSYC) attained and:

Sexual Orientation (LGBTQ-19/Straight-33)

Gender (Male-28/Female-24)

Discussion

The lack of significant difference is certainly to be viewed cautiously due to the small sample size. However, the results indicate both males and females, as well as both LGTBQ and straight benefited equally from indoor climbing. This supports the notion of our indoor climbing population becoming more diverse than historically perceived (Hill et al., 2007).

46% Female; Mean Age: 23; Race: 92% White; 66% Heterosexual;

Marital Status: 96% Single; 82% employed 73% voted in the last election; 55% climb indoors; and climbed on averaged 16 times/month 57% of climbers have attended some college and 19% have college degrees 28% indicated that they have a total household income of less than $10,000

Level of Involvement with Professional Organizations

75% of climbers use LNT principles, but only 22% are LNT Members

4% are Access Fund Members

14% are AMGA/PCIA members

Perceived Health Outcomes of Recreation Scale

Cronbach’s Alpha for the three dimensions = .89

•Factor structured supported Gómez, Hill, Zhu, & Freidt, 2016 •ANOVA revealed no significant difference between benefits (PREV, IMPROV and PSYC) attained and: •Sexual Orientation (LGBTQ-19/Straight-33) •Gender (Male-28/Female-24) The lack of significant difference is certainly to be viewed cautiously due to the small sample size. However, the results indicate both males and females, as well as both LGTBQ and straight benefited equally from indoor climbing. This supports the notion of our indoor climbing population becoming more diverse than historically perceived (Hill et al., 2007).