Table 1

Themes that emerged from interviews

Theme number in text

Title of theme

Themes that echo similar research results in existing literature

Novel/new themes or themes offering a different viewpoint


1

Time constraints

2

Restricted curriculum

3

HRE (health related exercise) confusion: exercise equals competition

4

Ethos of performance/elitism within PE dept. or school as a whole

5

The lure of sedentary behaviour

6

Lower fitness leads to lower ability

7

Undervaluing activities

8

Local authority's provision of leisure

9

Ethos of PA for life within the school

10

National curriculum: time and ownership

11

Role of the school

12

PE department doing all it can

13

Provision of good facilities

14

Agencies (e.g., local authority encourage the inactive)

15

Appropriate funding of PA

16

Self confidence in children

17

Children's home and social environment


Boyle et al. BMC Public Health 2008 8:273   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-8-273

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