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Health promotion expectations and perceptions of sport club participants

Benjamin Tézier
Maman Joyce Dogba
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Valentin Beck
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Inheldia Cossou Gbeto
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Fabienne Lemonnier
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Florence Rostan
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Francis Guillemin
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Aurélie van Hoye


Abstract To develop health promotion (HP) in sports clubs (SCs), stakeholders need to know the HP expectations of sports participants. However, the literature does not provide information on these aspects, which exacerbates the difficulty for SCs to provide an environment, activities and organization that promote health and to play the role entrusted to them in the integration of vulnerable populations. To fill this gap, this study explores the HP expectations and perceptions of sports participants, with a particular focus on ethnocultural characteristics, and documents participants’ understanding of HP. A descriptive qualitative study comprising semi-structured interviews was carried out with 22 French and Quebec sports participants. Because they have little experience with HP in their SC, participants do not seem to have many expectations of their SC in terms of HP. Nevertheless, they felt that SCs can play an important role in health and suggested several themes and types of action, such as seminars on nutrition, activities outside the SC to develop cohesion or health monitoring. Sports participants from ethnocultural minorities seem to appreciate the programs designed to integrate them. There is a predominantly physical conception of health and the contribution of SCs to health, and the relationship between the types of health determinants (economic, environmental, organizational and social) and health is not clear. This study shows that the idea of a health-promoting SC appeals to SC participants, but this approach has not yet taken root in this setting or in society as a whole.
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hal-04643609 , version 1 (10-07-2024)



Benjamin Tézier, Maman Joyce Dogba, Valentin Beck, Inheldia Cossou Gbeto, Anne Vuillemin, et al.. Health promotion expectations and perceptions of sport club participants. Health Promotion International, 2024, 39 (4), ⟨10.1093/heapro/daae075⟩. ⟨hal-04643609⟩


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