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Fit Fans: perspectives of a practitioner and understanding participant health needs within a health promotion programme for older men delivered within an English Premier League Football Club.

Bingham, DD, Parnell, D, Curran, KM, Jones, R and Richardson, DJ (2014) Fit Fans: perspectives of a practitioner and understanding participant health needs within a health promotion programme for older men delivered within an English Premier League Football Club. Soccer and Society, 20 (6). pp. 883-901. ISSN 1743-9590

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Abstract

Fit Fans was a men’s health promotion intervention delivered within an English Premier League Football Club (2010-11), which aimed to support the local community dwelling older men in lifestyle promotion (physical activity [PA], diet and wellbeing). The purpose of this study was to provide a reflexive account of a practitioner and the needs of participants. Seven men (mean age 58 years) attended weekly PA and lifestyle sessions over an 8 month period. Baseline physiological measurements included Body Mass Index (BMI), Resting Blood Pressure and Abdominal Girth. Principles of ethnography and observational research (i.e., field notes, reflective diary) were adopted by the practitioner. Unexpectedly the cohort exhibited a range of serious diagnosed illnesses that challenged the practitioner’s skill base and experience in the delivery of the intervention. Reflections of the practitioner and the stories of the progression that participants made add insight to future football in the community programmes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Soccer and Society on 05/06/2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14660970.2014.920624
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
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Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2019 11:35
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2019 20:27
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/14660970.2014.920624
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9921

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