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Exploring the relation between physical activity and health: a salutogenic approach to physical education
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences. (SMED - Studies of Meaning making in Educational Discourses)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8748-8843
2008 (English)In: Sport, Education and Society, ISSN 1357-3322, E-ISSN 1470-1243, Vol. 13, no 3, p. 267-283Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article takes a point of departure in the debate whether physical education should consider a limited or an increased commitment towards public health goals and a public health agenda. The article further discusses the relationship between physical activity and health, and the perspective of health in physical education. This is done through a critique of the dominance of a pathogenic perspective of health, as well as through a salutogenic approach regarding health as a process. A salutogenic approach makes, as suggested in the article, other questions*salutogenic questions* possible. In this sense, physical activity and movement can be regarded as something more than mere protection against disease or overweight, and by posing salutogenic questions we can enrich our understanding of the relation between physical activity and health, and in consequence richness to the perspective of health in physical education. With a salutogenic approach, the pupils’ unique and common experiences of health, movement, body ideals or outdoor-life can meet a wider perspective of health. This would facilitate a health perspective in physical education that draws attention to the qualities, abilities and knowledge that pupils can develop, and, in the name of learning health, point the way to the possible contribution of physical education in pupils’ health development in terms of how physical education can enrich their lives, strengthen them as healthy citizens and contribute to a sustainable (health) development.

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2008. Vol. 13, no 3, p. 267-283
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Physical activity, Movement, Physical education, Health, Salutogenic
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Sports Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-3627DOI: 10.1080/13573320802200594OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-3627DiVA, id: diva2:137925
Available from: 2008-12-16 Created: 2008-12-16 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved

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