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Building Public Health Capacity through Organizational Change in the Sport System: A Multiple-Case Study within Australian Gymnastics

School of Health and Society, Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Wollongong, Northfields Ave, Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(13), 6726; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18136726
Received: 27 April 2021 / Revised: 17 June 2021 / Accepted: 18 June 2021 / Published: 22 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Promotion and Sport)
Sports clubs increasingly are settings for health promotion initiatives. This study explored organizational change processes and perceived facilitators and barriers relevant to implementing a health promotion initiative within gymnastics settings in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. A multiple-case design investigated the experiences of the state association (Gymnastics NSW) and five clubs from one region of NSW in a participatory Health-Promoting Gymnastics Clubs (HPGC) program. The program aimed to build the capacity of Gymnastics NSW to support affiliated clubs to become health-promoting settings. Interviews with organizational representatives explored their experiences of the program and identified factors that enabled or inhibited program adoption, implementation and sustainability. Facilitators and barriers identified included leadership and champions; organizational capacity and culture; priorities and timing; and characteristics of the HPGC framework. This multi-level, organizational change intervention demonstrated potential to create health-promoting gymnastics settings. Tailoring strategies in diverse club contexts required involvement of organizational leaders in program development and action planning. Despite positive impacts, pre-existing organizational culture inhibited integration of health promotion as a core value. Sustained organizational change may result from professional regulatory requirements (e.g., accreditation and affiliation), and policy directives and funding (for organizational change, not program delivery) from relevant government departments. View Full-Text
Keywords: health promotion; sport; settings-based approach; organizational change; gymnastics health promotion; sport; settings-based approach; organizational change; gymnastics
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Carrad, A.; Parrish, A.-M.; Yeatman, H. Building Public Health Capacity through Organizational Change in the Sport System: A Multiple-Case Study within Australian Gymnastics. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 6726. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18136726

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Carrad A, Parrish A-M, Yeatman H. Building Public Health Capacity through Organizational Change in the Sport System: A Multiple-Case Study within Australian Gymnastics. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(13):6726. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18136726

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Carrad, Amy, Anne-Maree Parrish, and Heather Yeatman. 2021. "Building Public Health Capacity through Organizational Change in the Sport System: A Multiple-Case Study within Australian Gymnastics" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 13: 6726. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18136726

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