Promoting a team ball game (Lifeball) to older people : who does this game attract and who continues?

Green, Sue, Campbell, Elizabeth, Barnett, Lisa, Mitchell, Rebecca, Radvan, Deborah and Van Beurden, Eric 2009, Promoting a team ball game (Lifeball) to older people : who does this game attract and who continues?, Health promotion journal of Australia, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 120-126.

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Title Promoting a team ball game (Lifeball) to older people : who does this game attract and who continues?
Author(s) Green, Sue
Campbell, Elizabeth
Barnett, LisaORCID iD for Barnett, Lisa
Mitchell, Rebecca
Radvan, Deborah
Van Beurden, Eric
Journal name Health promotion journal of Australia
Volume number 20
Issue number 2
Start page 120
End page 126
Total pages 7
Publisher Australian Health Promotion Association
Place of publication West Perth, W.A.
Publication date 2009-08
ISSN 1036-1073
Keyword(s) exercise
health promotion
older people
physical activity
Summary Issue addressed: To describe the demographic and health-related characteristics (physical activity, self-reported health status, quality of life and falls history) of older people who enroll in a team-based game, Lifeball, and examine associations between continuation and participant characteristics. Reasons for stopping, participants' perceptions of the game and changes in health-related characteristics over 12 months were examined.

Methods: Telephone surveys were conducted with a cohort of Lifeball players at: baseline, soon after commencing playing and 12 months later.

At baseline, participants were aged 40 to 96 years (mean 67). Most were female (84%), in good to excellent health (86%) and reported being sufficiently (>150 minutes per week) physically active (69%). Almost half (43%) were still playing 12 months later (continuers). Continuers were more likely to perceive Lifeball had helped them to: feel fitter and healthier (91%); improve their social life (73%); and be more active (53%). No significant changes in continuers' physical activity, self-reported health status and quality of life measures were reported. The main reason for stopping playing was illness/injury unrelated to Lifeball.

Lifeball mainly appealed to healthy, active older people.
Language eng
Field of Research 111716 Preventive Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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