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Learn, Have Fun and Be Healthy! An Interview Study of Swedish Teenagers' Views of Participation in Club Sport.
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Movement, Culture and Society. (Forskningsgruppen för pedagogisk idrottsforskning)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5491-6581
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Movement, Culture and Society. University of Gothenburg, Sweden. (Forskningsgruppen för pedagogisk idrottsforskning)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1298-8186
2021 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 18, no 13, article id 6852Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, participation in club sport is a vital part of many children's lives. Despite this, many stop in their teenage years, raising questions concerning if and in what ways club sport can provide health-promoting activities via longer, sustained participation. The aim of this cross-sectional study is to explore and discuss young people's views of club sport from a health-promoting perspective. The analysis draws on three sets of qualitative data: results from focus groups interviews conducted in 2007 (n = 14) and in 2016 (n = 8) as well as 18 in-depth interviews conducted 2008. Antonovsy's salutogenic theory and his sense of coherence (SOC) model inspired the analysis. Teenagers want to be a part of club sport because of a sense of enjoyment, learning, belonging and feeling healthy. Teenagers stop when sport becomes too serious, non-flexible, time-consuming and too competitive. The urge for flexibility and possibilities to make individual decisions were emphasised in 2016. The organisation of club sport, it seems, has not adapted to changes in society and a generation of teenagers' health interests. Club sport has the potential to be a health-promoting arena, but the focus should be on changing the club sport environment, instead of a focus on changing young people.

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MDPI, 2021. Vol. 18, no 13, article id 6852
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club sport, health promotion, salutogenic, teenagers, young people
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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Social Sciences/Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-6761DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18136852ISI: 000671122300001PubMedID: 34202387OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-6761DiVA, id: diva2:1584037
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