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Improving the physical and mental wellbeing of typically hard-to-reach men: an investigation of the impact of the Active Rovers project Manuscript DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2016.1173922

Lewis, CJ and Reeves, MJ and Roberts, SJ (2016) Improving the physical and mental wellbeing of typically hard-to-reach men: an investigation of the impact of the Active Rovers project Manuscript DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2016.1173922. Sport in Society. ISSN 1743-0445

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Abstract

Strong associations exist between physical activity (PA) levels and incidence morbidity and mortality. Evidence suggests that PA levels decline with age but incidence of sedentary behaviour is high. This paper examines the effectiveness of a PA intervention hosted by a professional football club. It explores the impact of the intervention upon mental well-being, health perceptions, and lifestyle knowledge in men often classed as hard-to-reach (HTR). Data were collected through a shortened version of the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale, and a longitudinal self-report questionnaire. Pre- and post-intervention changes were determined by a Wilcoxon signed rank test (p  <  .05). Data indicated that the intervention was successful in improving aspects of mental well-being amongst the male client group. The qualitative findings revealed a less successful transfer from the intervention to more casual PA engagement. Professional football clubs appear to be appropriate environments to promote physical and mental well-being. However, behaviour change away from the football club was less obvious, suggesting further research in this area is required

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Sport in Society on 27th April 2016 available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2016.1173922
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science, 1504 Commercial Services, 1608 Sociology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 09:27
Last Modified: 03 May 2016 09:27
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/17430437.2016.1173922
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3424

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