Sport development in rural schools of Lephalale in Limpopo province: Barriers and facilitators

South African Journal of Physiotherapy

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Title Sport development in rural schools of Lephalale in Limpopo province: Barriers and facilitators
Creator Letshokotla, Tulycia M. Maleka, Douglas Galantino, Mary L. Nkuna, Rethabile
Subject — rural schools; sports development; physical activity; facilitators; barriers
Description Background: Sports development and promotion of physical activities (PA) through various sports in rural schools of South Africa (SA) is essential to optimise growth and wellbeing of children. There is a paucity of research specific to rural areas, and this is implicated on the lack of resources, effective programmes as well as resources to promote structured PAs and sports.Objectives: To explore sports development facilitators and barriers in rural schools.Method: We conducted an exploratory qualitative study and recruited Life Orientation (LO) teachers and school principals. We established structured interview guidelines and recorded the interviews which were transcribed verbatim. Data saturation was reached by the eighth participant. The data were analysed using thematic content analysis.Results: Participating schools experienced shared challenges in developing and promoting PAs. Five themes emerged addressing the barriers: sport facilities, time management, workload, financial constraints, and lack of participation. Six categories emerged as facilitators: intrapersonal factors, interpersonal factors, personal, social, physical and mental benefits.Conclusion: Most rural schools in Lephalale district struggle to promote and develop sports because of several targeted factors. These schools have little to no strategic plans to develop and promote sports because of the prioritisation of the core curriculum and/or examinable subjects in classroom duties which is deemed their highest priority.Clinical Implication(s): Implementation of tailored sports development policies in rural schools via acquisition of resources, education regarding the positive impact of sport, and focused planning is required. Healthcare professionals such as physiotherapists may aid in the encouragement of sports.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, School of Health Care Sciences, Physiotherapy department.
Date 2024-05-20
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
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Identifier 10.4102/sajp.v80i1.2004
Source South African Journal of Physiotherapy; Vol 80, No 1 (2024); 8 pages 2410-8219 0379-6175
Language eng
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