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Title: Exploring strategies to improve the health promotion orientation of Flemish sports clubs
Authors: Meganck, Jeroen ×
Seghers, Jan
Scheerder, Jeroen #
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Series Title: Health Promotion International vol:32 issue:4 pages:681-690
Abstract: Sports clubs are increasingly recognized as an innovative setting for health promotion, as exemplified by the Health Promoting Sports Club concept. This study aims to assess the health promotion orientation of both youth and adult sports clubs in Flanders and to identify the motives and barriers as reported by their representatives as a basis for proposing intervention strategies to improve the health promotion orientation in sports clubs.
A total of 253 Flemish sports clubs, consisting of 156 youth sports clubs and of 97 adult sports clubs, completed the online questionnaire, covering club characteristics (e.g. finances, human resources…), perceived motives and barriers for health promotion, and the Health Promoting Sports Club Index.
Even though sports clubs focusing on youth were more health promoting than those with adult members only, the results indicated that all sports clubs could improve their health promotion orientation, The most consistent predictors of health promotion orientation are Perceived Motives Index for youth sports clubs and Perceived Lack of Resources for adult sports clubs, respectively..
Based on these results, interventions to enhance the health promoting orientation need to tackle the lack of resources such as lack of expertise regarding health promotion. Interventions aimed specifically at youth sports clubs should emphasize the direct benefits, for example by demonstrating how health promotion helps clubs to improve the provision of high quality sports participation and by awarding a health promotion quality label.
ISSN: 0957-4824
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Physical Activity, Sports & Health Research Group
Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research Group
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