Sports Club for Health movement in published media: a systematic scoping review

Pedisic, Zeljko ORCID: 0000-0003-2886-3556, Podnar, Hrvoje ORCID: 0000-0003-1719-6970 and Radman, Ivan ORCID: 0000-0002-5358-3591 (2022) Sports Club for Health movement in published media: a systematic scoping review. In: Sports Club for Health (SCforH) movement in the European Union. Pedisic, Z, ed. Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, pp. 87-153.


From its very beginning, members of the Sports Club for Health (SCforH) consortium have recognised the importance of disseminating the SCforH ideas through published media. SC-forH guidelines and other publications written by the members of SCforH consortium have significantly contributed to the development and wide recognition of the SCforH movement in Europe. Numerous academic and non-academic SCforH-related publications have been released. However, no previous studies have systematically recorded them and analysed their scope. As part of this book chapter, we therefore conducted a systematic scoping review of SCforH-related publications. The search encompassed academic and non-academic publications that refer to SCforH concepts, activities, and outputs. For academic publications released in the period from 2008 to 2015, we conducted searches in 8 bibliographic databases and proceedings of 28 conferences. Search of non-academic publications was conducted in Bing, Google, Google Scholar, and Yahoo. We searched for mentions of the abbreviation "SCforH" and the phrase "Sports Clubs for Health" (alongside its three common misspellings). An updated search was conducted in December 2022, to capture the recent SCforH-related academic publications. Here, we focused exclusively on the publications from the two international SCforH projects funded by the European Commission that were carried out since 2015. We found a total of 176 'SCforH-citing' academic and non-academic publications from the 2008-2015 period and 20 publications written as part of the SCforH 2015-17 and SCforH 2020-22 projects. This included several types of publications, from articles published in scientific journals that are primarily intended for the academic audience to a textbook that is primarily intended for sport practitioners, as well as from short communications such as conference abstracts to comprehensive texts such as an edited book. There is generally increasing trend in the number of SCforH-related publications, but their number significantly drops during the periods between funded SCforH projects. Future SCforH dissemination strategies should aim to increase media presence in the periods between funded projects, while maintaining the high number and diversity of publications.

Item type Book Section
Edition 1st
Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4206 Public health
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Health and Sport
Keywords Sports Club for Health, SCforH, published media, dissemination of ideas, public health, health promotion
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