Research has linked an enhanced sense of community to sport programme retention, while literature outside of sport suggest increased sense of community is linked to improved health. Consequently, the purpose of this study was to better understand the association between sport communities and health behaviours and health role modelling outcomes. Athletes and non-athletes were surveyed to better understand the unique contributions sport participation might have on health-related outcomes. Surveys included demographic information, the 21-item Sense of Community in Sport scale, and various health behaviours and outcomes. Surveys were completed by 458 athletes and 323 university social organisation members (i.e., fraternities and sororities) in the United States. The results provided limited support for the positive influence of sense of community on health-related outcomes and indicated that athletes reported higher levels of sense of community (M = 75.17, SD = 10.158) than university social organisations participants (M = 72.17, SD = 12.134). When controlling for sense of community, surveyed athletes were more likely to engage in healthier behaviours (i.e., binge drink less, consider themselves role models in terms of exercise, maintain a balanced diet, and use less tobacco). This work highlights the community characteristics found in sport settings that can contribute to positive health outcomes.
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Kevin Gardam1, Audrey R. Giles2, Lyndsay M.C. Hayhurst3 1 Department of Health Sciences, Lakehead University, Canada 2 School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Canada 3 School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University, Canada Citation: Gardam, K., Giles, A., Hayhurst, M.C. Sport for development for Aboriginal youth in Canada: A scoping review. Journal of […]
David Meir1 1 University Centre Blackburn College, School of Health, Science and Technology, UK Citation: Meir, D. “Leadership and empowerment through sport”: The intentions, hopes, ambitions and reality of creating a sport-for-development organisation in Cape Town. Journal of Sport for Development. 2017; 5(8): 19-29. Download article as PDF ABSTRACT Leadership and Empowerment through Sport (LETS) […]
Alexandra Devine1, Aleisha Carrol2, Sainimili Naivalu3, Senmilia Seru3, Sally Baker1, Belinda Bayak-Bush2, Kathryn James2, Lousie Larcombe1, Tarryn Brown2, Manjula Marella1 1 Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne, Australia 2 CBM Australia, Australia 3 Fiji Disabled People’s Association, Fiji Download article as PDF ABSTRACT In many settings, people with disabilities are marginalised from the […]
Review by Christina T. Kwauk1 1 Georgetown University, USA Download article as PDF Book Citation Hayhurst, L.M.C., Kay, T., Chawansky, M. (eds). Beyond Sport for Development and Peace: Transnational Perspectives on Theory, Policy and Practice. Milton Park, Abingdon: Routledge; 2016, 244pp., £68 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-138-80667-2 REVIEW At the dawn of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), […]