Iranian Journal of Public Health 2018. 47(1):9-18.

Trend of Daily Sports Participation in Korean Aged Population and Sports Policy: A Review of Research on Public Daily Sports Participation
Misuk KIM, Sejeong PARK, Hyunjeong KIM, Eunsurk YI, Sangwan JEON

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Abstract

Background: This study aimed to investigate the trend of physical activity and daily sports participation in the Korean aged population through the review of ‘Research on Public Daily Sports Participation’ published by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The main purpose was to suggest the best health and sports policy for the future.

Methods: The result of the research conducted by the government was published 13 times in total from 1989 to 2015. The aged were defined as people in their 60s and 70s since 2006. Based on the research published 7 times from 2006 to 2015, this study analyzed the changes and the trend recognition of health status, physical activities, sports activity effects and environment in the aged population in South Korea.

Results: Majority of the aged population was found to hardly recognize their health status, but positively aware of physical and sports activity effect, particularly that the sports facility environment has been improving. Therefore, it is encouraged to set up elderly-friendly routine sports environment to motivate their participation and consequently establish healthy exercise culture.

Conclusion: This study has great significance as it suggests the direction of future health and sports policy by analyzing the trend of previous physical activities and daily sports participation among the aged population based on the government-published research.

 


Keywords


Korean aged population, Sports policy, Public daily sports participation

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