Sport and physical activity participation among young transgender adults: The facilitators and barriers

Beth Jones

Nottingham Center for Gender Dysphoria

Beth is a final year PhD student at the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health. Her research is broadly concerned with mental well-being within the transgender population.


Transgender people, in comparison to cisgender people, have been found to engage in low levels of sport and physical activity. This is concerning given the physical and mental health benefits that physical activity has been... [ view full abstract ]


This study aimed to explore the experiences that young transgender adults have when engaging in physical activity and sport. It also aimed to determine the role of cross-sex hormones and gender confirming surgery in physical... [ view full abstract ]


A qualitative methodology was employed. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 young transgender adults (mean age 23 years, range 18-36) who were attending a national clinic for transgender health in the United... [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

Physical activity and sport engagement. [ view full abstract ]


Two main themes were identified: (1) barriers to physical activity and sport; and, (2) facilitators of physical activity and sport. Young transgender adults experienced a range of internal (e.g., body dissatisfaction,... [ view full abstract ]


Young transgender adults experience a range of different barriers when engaging (or attempting to engage) in physical activity and sport. However, there are several facilitators to their participation (e.g., body... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Beth Jones (Nottingham Center for Gender Dysphoria)
  2. Jon Arcelus (Nottingham Center for Gender Dysphoria)
  3. Walter Pierre Bouman (Nottingham Center for Gender Dysphoria)
  4. Emma Haycraft (Loughborough University)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Mental health


PS-2 » E-Posters Mental Health (1) (16:30 - Thursday, 6th April, Exhibition Hall)