Idrottsledaren som folkhälsoarbetare
: hur ledare för barnidrottslag upplever sina möjligheter att påverka sina utövares hälsa

Translated title of the thesis: Sports Leader as a public health worker: how the leaders of children’s sports teams experience that they can influence their practitioner’s health
  • Niklas Johansson
  • Martin Wrahme

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Organized sports are a main part of many children's lives and sport leaders are an important part of organized sports. Coachesare important for children's health,physical as well as mental and social health. Today, there are negative health trends amongchildren, for example, obesity, sedentaryand mental illness. The purpose of thisstudy was to examine how theleaders of children’s sports teams experience that they caninfluence their practitioner’shealth. The study also aims toseek an understanding of how a leader in organized sports through attitude and behavior can create a healthy environmentfor children. This may serve asthe basis for future healthpromotion within the sports movement. The method used for data collection wasindividual interviews. Teninterviews with leaders in teamsports for children of ten totwelve years old were conducted. Theresult of thestudy showed that sports leadersfelt that they had the possibility toinfluence children's health, physicalas well as mental and social health.The sports leaders experienced that theycould influence physical activity, diet and sleep,participation and empowerment, confidence and self esteem,demands and stress, motivation, communication and the atmosphere. The result also showed that sportsleaders should lead by example,be a social support and acknowledge all children to benefit children's health. Based on the result's usefulnessin public health context,the conclusion wasthat greater understanding of howsports leaders can influence children's health development to enhance children's health and reverse the negative health trends.

    Date of Award2013-May-15
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorPetra Nilsson Lindström (Supervisor) & Göran Ejlertsson (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Study Programme in Health Promotion and Education

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology (30302)


    • organized sports
    • team sport
    • sports leaders
    • public health
    • health
    • children.

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