The role of working hours, work environment and physical leisure activity on the need for recovery following a day's work among UK white-water raft guides: a within-subjects multilevel approach

Wilson, I. ORCID: 0000-0001-6670-9328, McDermott, H. and Munir, F., 2016. The role of working hours, work environment and physical leisure activity on the need for recovery following a day's work among UK white-water raft guides: a within-subjects multilevel approach. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 23, pp. 123-131. ISSN 1469-0292

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Abstract

Background: White-water raft guides are a growing workforce of the outdoor sector but little is known about how the working environment, workload and physical leisure activity impacts on the need for occupational recovery (the desire to replenish internal resources and recuperate in the time immediately following work) of those working in this physically demanding occupation. Methods: Longitudinal data were collected across an eight month working season at three month intervals. Multilevel analyses tested the within-subject associations between work environment, hours worked and physical leisure activity had on the need for recovery. Results: Working longer across the working season and participating in more physical leisure activity were directly associated with a lower need for occupational recovery. Furthermore, working on natural rivers significantly reduced the need for recovery experienced compared to work on man-made courses. This was regardless of the number of hours of worked in these environments. Discussion: Physical leisure activity may provide a distraction from work, allowing employees to replenish their physical and psychological energy, thus protecting themselves against work-related fatigue. The findings also expand upon the previous literature identifying that working in a natural environment reduces the risk of experiencing work-related fatigue.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Creators: Wilson, I., McDermott, H. and Munir, F.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date: March 2016
Volume: 23
ISSN: 1469-0292
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1016/j.psychsport.2015.12.004DOI
S1469029215300315Publisher Item Identifier
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 03 Oct 2016 09:49
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 09:32
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28735

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