n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - The influence of physical activity and sport on health status and wellbeing in rural communities : the case of Grabouw : community engagement

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


This study explores the influence of physical activity and sport on health status among residents in the rural community of Grabouw. Survey data were collected under the auspices of the Interdisciplinary Centre of Excellence for Sport Science and Development, in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning Unit of the University of the Western Cape. This study involved 53 participants aged between 18 and 33 years of age residing in the community of Grabouw in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The study used a mixed method of quantitative and qualitative approaches and statistical analysis such as cross-tabulation to explore the relationship between the physical activity and health status of the participants. Thematic analysis was used to integrate qualitative findings. The study showed that rural community residents who were involved in physical activity or those who are active in sport had fewer health problems compared to those who were not involved in physical activity or sport. It is concluded that there is an association between physical activity, sport and good health. It is therefore recommended to run sport and recreation community outreach programmes with qualified staff and organise equipment for training to physically engage the community and further monitor and evaluate their health status.

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