Climb ups or thumbs ups? Identifying determinants for parkour-related physical self-concepts of traceurs based on training data and social media use

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In postmodern times, social media is an integral part of informal sports like parkour. It potentially impacts physical activities as well as the assessment of one’s physical abilities and skills. Referring to the under-researched impact on the self-assessment, this study aims to examine if the parkour-related
physical self-concept can be determined by social media use, as well as parkourtraining aspects and sociodemographics. Two reference points of comparison have been considered, comparing one’s skills to real or virtual parkour communities. To address this research phenomenon,multiple linear regression analyses were conducted. The results showed that a high parkourrelated physical self-concept (pkPSC) is primarily determined by the amount of time athletes put into their parkour activities. Furthermore, age and gender played an important role, indicating that being a young male appeared to be a main determinant for a higher pkPSC. Finally, posting parkour-related content in social media appeared to influence the pkPSC, although this finding might be interpreted as causality in both directions. The study identified real-life activities to be more important for the physical self-concept of traceurs; however, socialmedia play a crucial role in the parkour community.
Translated title of the contributionClimb ups or thumbs ups? : Social Media- und trainingsbezogene Determinanten des parkourspezifischen körperlichen Selbstkonzepts von Traceur*innen
Original languageEnglish
JournalGerman Journal of Exercise and Sport Research
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 02.09.2020

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