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Youth physical activity and health interventions: Ineffective and ill-conceived action?


Mainsbridge, C and Swabey, K and Fraser, S and Penney, D, Youth physical activity and health interventions: Ineffective and ill-conceived action?, Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport & Physical Education, 5, (2) pp. 133-150. ISSN 1837-7130 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation

DOI: doi:10.1080/18377122.2014.906058


This paper directs attention towards the plethora of ongoing health and wellbeing initiatives that seek to address young people’s participation in physical activity and that are underpinned by interests in youth health. Focusing on contemporary developments in the state of Tasmania and throughout Australia, the paper examines these initiatives by highlighting the complexities of health and wellbeing contexts relating to youth physical activity in Tasmania and calls into question the extent to which complexities are acknowledged in these developments. Five assumptions are then identified and problematised in relation to contemporary and future health and wellbeing developments. These relate specifically to: (i) the importance and appeal of physical activity for youth; (ii) accompanying agendas focusing on eating patterns; (iii) the role of physical activity in countering overweight and obesity; (iv) the identification of schools and education as prime sites for health and wellbeing interventions; and (v) the faith placed in ‘health and wellbeing interventions’ as effective responses to current concerns about youth physical activity and health. Issues are raised for professionals and researchers with interests in youth physical activity and health to consider.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Physical activity, youth, health, interventions
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Learning sciences
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Mainsbridge, C (Mr Casey Mainsbridge)
UTAS Author:Swabey, K (Professor Karen Swabey)
UTAS Author:Fraser, S (Professor Sharon Fraser)
ID Code:89852
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-03-17
Last Modified:2017-11-20

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