Abstract

Context
Walking football (soccer) has recently emerged as a physical activity option targeted at older males to enhance health and wellbeing.

Design
This pilot study aimed to examine the feasibility of recruiting and retaining males aged 50 years and over to an 8-week walking football programme in a professional football club.

Intervention
Participants were recruited via social media and assigned to an intervention group or a wait-list control group. The intervention group engaged in 1 hour of walking football a week led by a community coach from the professional football club, followed by an optional social session in the club facility. Physiological and psychological outcome measures were obtained onsite at the football club facility (aiding compliance and retention) at baseline and following 8-weeks, from both groups. Semi-structured interviews were conducted after the 8-week programme and 1 year later, to explore motivations for engagement and the social impact.

Results
The opportunity to engage in football and the link to a professional football club were key attractions. All participants recruited were overweight, sedentary, exhibited blood pressures outside normal ranges, and all but two were hypertensive. Adherence to the programme was 90% over 8 weeks, and of the participants who were contacted after one year, all (n = 6) had maintained engagement in walking football. Walking football is therefore a feasible, cost-effective method of recruiting and retaining males aged 50 years and over to a physical activity programme, though attrition is to be expected.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-214
Number of pages9
JournalExplore: The Journal of Science and Healing
Volume15
Issue number3
Early online date11 Dec 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2019

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Football
Feasibility Studies
Walking
Attrition
Social Media
Blood Pressure
Compliance
Baseline
Health
Costs
Soccer
Range of data
Social Change
Reference Values
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Engagement
Interviews
Exercise
Psychology
Costs and Cost Analysis

Keywords

  • Healthy ageing
  • Intervention
  • Male
  • Physical activity
  • Soccer

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