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Enhancing “Coopetition”: A Model for Physical Activity Courses

Dennis Cobler, Rebecca Buchanan, Beverly Sheddan, Joy Scruggs, Beth Funkhouser, Danny Carter


This study explored the extent to which nontraditional physical activity courses and student experiences reflect a pleasure and participation sports model. The theoretical framework for this qualitative study was based on the pleasure and participation sports model (Coakley, 2017). Data via 20 observations and 20 interviews were gathered from participants enrolled in a small liberal arts college. Tenets of the pleasure and participation model were evident, along with a sense of coopetition. College student experiences of physical activity in courses is an important area of research that could lead to increased physical activity levels. It has been demonstrated that physical activity in young adulthood can have a health-promotion effect throughout life. This research indicates that a diverse range of physical activity courses can have short- and long-term positive effects on student wellness.

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Pleasure and participation model; non-traditional; wellness; college students

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