Older people and sport: Looking beyond the health perspective.

Eva Vonck, Dominique Verté, Liesbeth De Donder, Tine Buffel, Nico De Witte, Sarah Dury

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This paper explores some important theoretical questions on the relationship between sports and older people, beyond the health perspective. Sport has been attributed numerous social functions and meanings. Also policymakers have experimented with the use of sport for social purposes. However, both research and policy initiatives are in general considered from a functional and instrumental point of view. Especially considering older people sport is mainly approached from a health perspective. A combination of insights from gerontology and sport sciences should help us gain a better view on how sport can contribute to the social integration of older people. This paper offers an extensive literature review focusing on formulating opportunities for further research about sport participation among older people.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-16
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Social Sciences and Humanity Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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