Sports clubs as settings for health promotion: Fundamentals and an overview to research
Kokko, S. (2014). Sports clubs as settings for health promotion: Fundamentals and an overview to research. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 42 (Suppl 15), 60-65. doi:10.1177/1403494814545105
Published inScandinavian Journal of Public Health
© the Author © 2014 by Associations of Public Health in the Nordic Countries Regions.
This paper explores the efficacy and value of sports clubs as a setting for health promotion. Sports clubs for children and adolescents are the primary focus of the paper, and the aims are two-fold. Firstly, the paper aims to review the basis for and elements of the health promoting sports club (HPSC) concept. Secondly, the aim is to overview the international evolution of the HPSC concept and its usefulness in the research. The settings-based health promotion approach forms the basis for the HPSC concept and it is introduced first. Thereafter, both obligating and prospecting factors, to justify the importance for sports clubs to address health promotion, are expressed. Major prospecting factors relate to the facts that sports club activities reach a lot of children and adolescents, and that its educational nature is informal due to voluntary participation. The paper also presents multilevel structure of sports clubs, as well as the determinants affecting the settings-based work. The research concerning health promotion in sports-related settings is evolving worldwide, and Nordic countries are in the front line of this newwave of settings-based health promotion. Indeed, it has been claimed that, for the settings approach to assimilate to current societal challenges, there is a need to widen the reach of the approach to nontraditional, non-institutional settings, like sports clubs. ...
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.; Nordisk Socialmedicinsk Foerening
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