Elite sport methods for public health: The analysis of world practices
Athlete training, High performance sport, Mass sport participation, Physical activity
Journal of Physical Education and Sport
While increasing the level of physical activity and mass sport participation is one of the governmental priorities formanycountries around the world, a current trend of strengthening the relations between highperformance sports and mass sport participation appears to be relevant and important. This paper reveals the main trends in world practicesof using elite sport methods for public health. These trends of physical activity and mass sport participation development appear to be common for the majority of the leading sporting world powers. In the course of the work, the following research methods were used: comparative analysis, generalization, and method of expert evaluation. The results show that mass participation contributes to the talent pathway and elite sport development,whileelite sport methods of training could be used for improving public health, particularly when integrated into school physical education using key aspects of athlete development, including:physical training for general fitness and performance in specific sports,psychological training for mental strength and efficient rest,medical services for illness prevention and quicker recovery,diet for better performance, and health.Physical and health education supported by sport activities at schools are effective in introducing the sport practices of healthy training, restoration and diet, and also making these practices lifelong habits with specialized sport schools growing across the world and leading in these best practices. Following specialized sport schools, the physical, health and sport activities, including food preparation based on medical scientists’ recommendations, could be provided to all students every school day, just as these activities should be part of every day for all citizens.
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Smolianov, Peter; Dolmatova, Tamara; Smith, Jed; Morrissette, Jaclyn Norberg; Schoen, Christopher; El-Sherif, Jennifer; and Dion, Steven, "Elite sport methods for public health: The analysis of world practices" (2020). Faculty Publications. 297.