From sedentary and physical inactive behaviours to an ultra cycling race : a mixed-method case report

Guex, Kenny (HESAV School of Health Sciences, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland) ; Wicht, Sophie (HESAV School of Health Sciences, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland) ; Besson, Cyril (Department of Sports Medicine, Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland) ; Degache, Francis (Therapeutic and Performance Sports Institute, MotionLab, Le Mont-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland) ; Gojanovic, Boris (Swiss Olympic Medical Center, Hôpital de La Tour, Meyrin, Switzerland; Centre SportAdo, Département Femme-Mère-Enfant (DFME), CHUV et Université de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland) ; Gremion, Gerald (Department of Sports Medicine, Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland)

In faculties of health sciences, almost 30% of nursing students exercise less than once a week. This mixed-method case report presents the 38-month evolution of the physiological and psychological health parameters of a sedentary and physically inactive nursing student. During this period, she first took part in a one-semester institutional physical activity (PA) program that was offered by her university before being selected for participation in the Race Across America (RAAM) with a university relay team. In the four months leading up to the RAAM, she followed a cycling training program. After the RAAM, she was followed-up for the next 28 months. The results showed that each phase of the study had an important impact on the subject and showed that sedentary and physical inactive behaviours are reversible. Institutional PA programs, including training education in addition to concurrent strength and endurance training, can lead to physiological and psychological health improvements. For some individuals, participating in an athletic challenge can improve motivation and long-term adherence to PA participation. An individualised approach should be considered in future interventions that aim to promote PA participation. In the specific context of a university of health sciences, this kind of initiative could positively influence the general population’s health by empowering students to become role models towards PA promotion.


Keywords:
Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Santé
Branch:
Physiothérapie
School:
HESAV
Institute:
Unité de recherche en santé, HESAV
Date:
2020-01
Pagination:
12 p.
Published in:
International journal of environmental research and public health
Numeration (vol. no.):
January 2020, vol. 17, no. 2, art. 502
DOI:
ISSN:
1660-4601
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