A Structural Approach to Implement the Role of 'Physical Activity Counselors' in Sports and Exercise Promotion

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Belgian Government
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Christophe Delecluse, Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01516099
First received: January 12, 2012
Last updated: August 12, 2013
Last verified: August 2013
  Purpose

The primary aim of this study is to investigate how a physical activity counselor can offer an added value in the sports and exercise promotion in Flanders. The investigators will explore if the physical activity counselor, in collaboration with the setting of general practitioners and social-cultural associations, can refer sedentary people and persons who are active in a non-organized context, into systematic participation in sports and/or exercise. Additionally, the investigators want to determine if the physical activity counselor will succeed in referring the target population to the local supervised and structured sports and exercise activities.


Condition Intervention Phase
Sedentary Lifestyle
Other: General Practitioners
Other: Social-cultural organizations
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Pilot Study: A Structural Approach to Implement the Role of 'Physical Activity Counselors' in Sports and Exercise Promotion in Flanders

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Further study details as provided by Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in health-related anthropometric measures [ Time Frame: baseline, 10 weeks, 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Length, Weight, Abdominal circumference

  • Change in objective measure of degree of physical activity [ Time Frame: Baseline, 10 weeks, 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Sensewear: little accelerometer that will be carried on the upper arm during several days and consequently registrates the amount of physical activity during this period.

  • Change in mental well-being [ Time Frame: Baseline, 10 weeks, 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Standardized questionnaire

  • Change in motivation to be physically active [ Time Frame: Baseline, 10 weeks, 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Standardized questionnaire

  • Change in participation in local structured sports and exercise [ Time Frame: Baseline, 10 weeks, 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Standardized questionnaire


Enrollment: 110
Study Start Date: April 2012
Study Completion Date: August 2013
Primary Completion Date: July 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: General Practitioners
The general practitioner can refer his patients to a physical activity counselor for an individual coaching. The investigators aim for a brief coaching period of 10 weeks with the objective that the people continue their active lifestyle afterwards.
Other: General Practitioners
The general practitioner can refer his patients to a physical activity counselor for an individual coaching (intake session with development of program and pretesting, follow up by e-mail or phone (max 4x), personal contact moments (max 3x) and exit session with evaluation and posttesting).
Experimental: Social-cultural organizations
In the social-cultural organization, members can sign in for group sessions led by the physical activity counselor. The investigators aim for a brief coaching period of 10 weeks with the objective that the people continue their active lifestyle afterwards.
Other: Social-cultural organizations
In the social-cultural organization, members can sign in for group sessions led by the physical activity counselor (intake session with development of program and pretesting, follow up by email or letters (max 4x), personal contact moments (max 4x) and exit session with evaluation and posttesting).

Detailed Description:

Being regularly physically active is a basic component of a healthy lifestyle. However, a large amount of the Flemish population does not reach the prescribed guidelines and cannot enjoy the health benefits related to an active lifestyle. One part of the population is physically active but makes no use of the existing, structured and supervised exercise and sports programs. Therefore the chance on lifetime participation in sports and exercise is quite low in this group. Another group consists of sedentary people that does not participate in any exercise or sports activity at all.

A physical activity counselor can possibly deliver a crucial service for the above mentioned groups. He/she can design an individualized sports- or exercise approach and program. In the short term, the physical activity counselor can guide the participant into his first success experiences regarding exercise and sports. In the long term, the chance of remaining physically active will increase by improving the understanding and the self-confidence of these participants.

However it is questioned how the physical activity counselor can reach these target groups in an efficient way, as the traditional sports and exercise promotion seems to have no impact on these persons. A first alternative may be the setting of the general practitioners. The general practitioner is, as a care provider in primary health care, in a good position to refer sedentary people or those who are active in a non-organized context to a physical activity counselor for 'minimal' coaching. A second alternative can be the setting of the social-cultural associations (e.g. seniors association, women association, neighborhood actions, …). The social context and the local networks in these associations facilitate the proper forms of motivation to exercise with other people and to adapt to a healthy lifestyle.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Between 18-75 years of age
  • Able to walk

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Severe cardial disease
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01516099

Locations
Belgium
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences
Leuven, Vlaams Brabant, Belgium, 3000
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven
Belgian Government
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Christophe Delecluse, PhD, Dr Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Christophe Delecluse, Principal Investigator, Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01516099     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: S53801
Study First Received: January 12, 2012
Last Updated: August 12, 2013
Health Authority: Belgium: Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven:
Physical activity counselor
Active and healthy lifestyle
General Practitioner
Social-cultural Organization

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