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Open Access "I Can't Imagine My Life Without It!" Curling and Health Promotion: A Photovoice Study « Je ne peux pas imaginer ma vie sans ça! » Le curling et la promotion de la santé : une étude réalisée à l'aide de la méthode photovoix

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The sport of curling is an important activity in rural Canada, with many female participants. The health of women in rural Canada is much compromised compared to that of their urban counterparts, yet little research has explored ways to promote the health of rural women. This study examined the influence of curling on the health of women in rural Canada. A sample of 15 women and girls aged 12 to 72 from 2 communities in southwestern Ontario took pictures, kept logbooks, and participated in 2 group sessions to discuss the influence of curling on their health. The findings reveal that curling facilitates social connections, enhances physical and mental health, and provides a valued and visible way to support rural life. Clearly, curling promotes the health and community life of rural women in significant ways. More support for curling in rural settings is needed, and additional research on the topic of curling and the health of rural women is indicated.

Le curling est un sport très pratiqué dans les campagnes canadiennes, et nombre de femmes s'y adonnent. La santé des femmes en région rurale est plus à risque, comparativement à celle des femmes en milieu urbain, mais peu d'études se sont penchées sur les façons de promouvoir la santé de cette population. Cette étude examine l'influence du curling sur la santé des femmes des collectivités rurales. Un échantillonnage de 15 femmes et filles âgées de 12 à 72 ans et vivant dans deux communautés du sud-ouest de l'Ontario ont pris des photos, tenu un journal de bord et participé à deux rencontres en groupe pour discuter des effets du curling sur leur santé. Les résultats indiquent que le curling facilite les liens sociaux, améliore la santé physique et mentale, et constitue un soutien reconnu et visible en milieu rural. De toute évidence, le curling favorise, de façon significative, la santé et la vie collective des femmes de ce milieu. Il faudrait donc promouvoir davantage cette activité dans les collectivités rurales et étudier plus en profondeur la question du curling et de la santé des femmes dans ces communautés.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-03-01

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