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From Sedentary and Physical Inactive Behaviours to an Ultra Cycling Race: A Mixed-Method Case Report

School of Health Sciences (HESAV), HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, 1011 Lausanne, Switzerland
Department of Sports Medicine, Lausanne University Hospital, 1011 Lausanne, Switzerland
Therapeutic and Performance Sports Institute, MotionLab, 1052 Le Mont-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland
Swiss Olympic Medical Center, Hôpital de La Tour, 1217 Meyrin, Switzerland
Centre SportAdo, Département Femme-Mère-Enfant (DFME), CHUV et Université de Lausanne, 1011 Lausanne, Switzerland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(2), 502;
Received: 16 December 2019 / Revised: 7 January 2020 / Accepted: 10 January 2020 / Published: 13 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sports and Health)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity; sedentary; health; challenge; endurance training; strength training physical activity; sedentary; health; challenge; endurance training; strength training
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Guex, K.; Wicht, S.; Besson, C.; Degache, F.; Gojanovic, B.; Gremion, G. From Sedentary and Physical Inactive Behaviours to an Ultra Cycling Race: A Mixed-Method Case Report. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 502.

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