Date of Award


Document Type

Access Controlled Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Philip J. Buckenmeyer, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Joy Hendrick, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Katherine Polasek, Ph.D.


Purpose of this study was to analyze the effect that knowledge of exercise benefits had on attitude, motivation and exercise participation in individuals within the age group of 18-50 years. 51 college students, 23 on-campus staff, and 26 community members participated in this study. The participants responded to four questionnaires: the Exercise Motivation Inventory (EMI-2), the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ), the Locus of Causality for Exercise Scale (LCE), and a self-made Knowledge Questionnaire. The results of this study showed that knowledge of exercise benefits did not affect physical activity participation (p=0.591) and atti-tude towards exercise (p = 0.605) but significantly affected motivation to exercise (p= 0.0005). It was concluded that knowledge of exercise benefits was not the primary factor affecting physical activity participation.