Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


School of Kinesiology and Recreation

First Advisor

Kristen Lagally


The purpose of this study was to examine how COVID-related closures and restrictions were perceived and received by students at a Midwestern university. Data were collected via an online survey that was distributed two weeks prior to the fall 2020 semester. Participants were 426 student volunteers. Eighty-one percent of respondents planned to return to campus in fall 2020. More than half had been physically active since the onset of COVID-19, primarily at home or outside. Most students reported willingness to attend the university student fitness center if masks were required at entry or during exercise (60%), although fewer were willing to wear masks during exercise (32%). Participation in virtual services offered by the university student fitness center during the pandemic, was low (1.4%) compared to the previous in-person participation (32%). Despite lockdown, many (70%) students were able to maintain physical activity and find new ways to exercise (53%) even when traditional fitness facilities were unavailable. KEYWORDS: Covid-19, Physical Activity, Fitness Industry, Group Fitness, Exercise, Campus Recreation


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