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Physical activity, public health and sustainable development.: A new role for physical education and sports.
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Åstrand Laboratory of Work Physiology, The Research Unit for Movement, Health and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3547-425X
2017 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The fields of physical education and sports as well as its teacher and trainer educations have a long tradition of an individually oriented focus. In our times it is important to broaden this to also include a perspective of physical activity (PA) in relation to public health.

In taking such a step, different dimensions of factors external to the individual become relevant. For example, the fact that all physical activities require a physical space for their execution leads us to dimensions of physical planning for physical activity, which in turn leads us to the dimension of power and politics at local, regional, and national levels.

Including a public health perspective also prompts a wider analysis of the consequences of behaviors in physical activity (PA). Is it, for example, possible that some aspects of such behavioral practices could be negative in relation to public health. For example, if there is an environmental burden connected to PA behaviors, there may be a negative effect on public health in a local, regional, national, and global perspective. 

The presentation will frame issues of physical activity and public health with perspectives from the agenda of sustainable development as originally defined by the UN World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987. It will lead forward to illuminating a new role for physical education in our global society, strengthening the importance of physical education as a subject in the school system. The same perspectives will be applied on sport clubs and sport federations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keyword [en]
sustainability, physical activity, public health, physical education, sports, active transportation
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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Social Sciences/Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-4898OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-4898DiVA: diva2:1094919
Conference
8th Asia-Pacific Conference on Exercise and Sports Science 2017 (8th APCESS 2017) i Bangkok, Thailand, June 14-16, 2017
Available from: 2017-05-11 Created: 2017-05-11 Last updated: 2017-05-11Bibliographically approved

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