Promoting successful aging through competitive sports participation: Insights from older adults

Jinmoo Heo, Brian Culp, Naoko Yamada, Youngshin Won

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In this study we explored the experience of competing in the Senior Games and the resultant contributions to the successful aging of older adults. We used in-depth interviews with older adults who participated in the National Senior Games. Analysis of the data produced five central themes: (a) perseverance, (b) career development and significant effort, (c) personal and social benefits, (d) unique ethos, and (e) identification as a senior athlete. We found that participating in the Senior Games as a form of serious leisure enhanced the well-being of older adults and could be utilized as a means by which to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-113
Number of pages9
JournalQualitative Health Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan

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Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Funding for this study was provided through the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis School of Physical Education and Tourism Management Faculty Research Opportunity Grant and Korea Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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