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The Perspective of Physical Education Teachers in Spain Regarding Barriers to the Practice of Physical Activity among Immigrant Children and Adolescents: A Qualitative Study

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Research Group of Humanities and Qualitative Research in Health Science of Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Hum&QRinHS), Department of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, 28922 Alcorcón, Spain
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Rehabilitation Unit, Hospital de Guadarrama, Department of Physical Therapy, Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, 28223 Madrid, Spain
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Department of Medical Specialties and Public Health, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, 28922 Alcorcón, Spain
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Research Group in Evaluation and Assessment of Capacity, Functionality and Disability of Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (TO+IDI), Department of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, 28922 Alcorcón, Spain
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Department of Educational Psychology and Psychobiology, Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Avenida de la Paz 137, 26004 Logroño, Spain
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Academic Editors: Gustavo González-Calvo, Alfonso Garcia-Monge and Daniel Bores-García
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(11), 5598; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115598
Received: 14 April 2021 / Revised: 17 May 2021 / Accepted: 21 May 2021 / Published: 24 May 2021
Physical activity (PA) contributes to the development of children and adolescents and to their mental and physical health. The practice of PA in the school context can contribute towards generating a more inclusive educational community for immigrant children and adolescents. The aim of this study was to describe the perspectives of Spanish physical education (PE) teachers on the practice of PA among immigrant children and adolescents. This research was a qualitative exploratory study. A purposeful sampling strategy was used. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and field notes. Twenty teachers were recruited. An inductive thematic analysis and content analysis were applied. The following topics were identified: (a) Professional expectations; (b) Economic resources; (c) Integration; (d) Family; (e) Religious beliefs and practices; and (f) Gender difference. A predominance of positive emotions was identified in the narratives, and the most repeated words in word clouds were ‘Caribbean’, ‘Latin’, and ‘population’. These findings help to identify PA barriers for immigrant children and adolescents and may contribute to the creation of PA-based interventions in social and educational contexts. View Full-Text
Keywords: exercise; physical education and training; school teachers; child; adolescent; emigrants and immigrants; qualitative research exercise; physical education and training; school teachers; child; adolescent; emigrants and immigrants; qualitative research
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Marconnot, R.; Pérez-Corrales, J.; Cuenca-Zaldívar, J.N.; Güeita-Rodríguez, J.; Carrasco-Garrido, P.; García-Bravo, C.; Solera-Hernández, E.; Gómez-Calcerrada, S.G.; Palacios-Ceña, D. The Perspective of Physical Education Teachers in Spain Regarding Barriers to the Practice of Physical Activity among Immigrant Children and Adolescents: A Qualitative Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 5598. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115598

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Marconnot R, Pérez-Corrales J, Cuenca-Zaldívar JN, Güeita-Rodríguez J, Carrasco-Garrido P, García-Bravo C, Solera-Hernández E, Gómez-Calcerrada SG, Palacios-Ceña D. The Perspective of Physical Education Teachers in Spain Regarding Barriers to the Practice of Physical Activity among Immigrant Children and Adolescents: A Qualitative Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(11):5598. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115598

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Marconnot, Romain, Jorge Pérez-Corrales, Juan Nicolás Cuenca-Zaldívar, Javier Güeita-Rodríguez, Pilar Carrasco-Garrido, Cristina García-Bravo, Eva Solera-Hernández, Sonia Gutiérrez Gómez-Calcerrada, and Domingo Palacios-Ceña. 2021. "The Perspective of Physical Education Teachers in Spain Regarding Barriers to the Practice of Physical Activity among Immigrant Children and Adolescents: A Qualitative Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 11: 5598. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115598

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