Background: A 12-week multi-team sport programme was provided to employees of a large services organisation and conducted in workplaces. This programme was used to investigate the short-term effect of regular sports team participation on individual employee and organisational health. Methods: A large services organisation participated in this study. Two regional worksites of office workers were assigned as the team sport (intervention) (n= 28 participants) or control (n= 20 participants) groups. The team sport sessions were underpinned by psychological behaviour change theory and consisted of weekly 1-h team sport sessions for 12 weeks. Measures of aerobic fitness, physical activity behaviour, group cohesion, interaction and communication, psychological wellbeing, health, anthropometrics and workplace experiences were recorded pre- and post-intervention. Data were analysed using a series of mixed ANOVAs. Results: After 12 weeks significant improvements were observed in VO max (+ 4.5 ± 5.8 ml/min kg, P < .002, η =. 2 p 182), interpersonal communication within teams (+ 3%, P < .042, η = .087) and mean weekly physical activity 2 2 duration (+ 154.74′, P < .002, η = .071) in the intervention group. A significant (P < .012, η = .130) effect on body p p composition was observed in
Sports Medicine - Open – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 23, 2017
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