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Aho, Anna Carin
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Aho, A. C., Renmarker, E., Axelsson, M. & Jakobsson, J. (2024). Experiences of volt hockey from family members’ perspectives: an interview study. Sport in Society: Cultures, Media, Politics, Commerce, 1-14
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Experiences of volt hockey from family members’ perspectives: an interview study
2024 (English)In: Sport in Society: Cultures, Media, Politics, Commerce, ISSN 1743-0437, E-ISSN 1743-0445, p. 1-14Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Volt hockey is a team sport developed for persons with physical disabilities. Because family members are important resources to enable sports participation, the purpose of this study was to illuminate experiences of volt hockey from family members’ perspectives. Focus group interviews were conducted, including 20 family members, and the verbatim transcripts were inductively analysed using reflexive thematic analysis. Family members saw the value of enabling participation in volt hockey, being an inclusive team sport that brings enjoyment and strengthens social relationships within, and outside of, the family. Trying to facilitate sport participation, the need for material resources and other actors was emphasised, such as personal assistance, funders, and healthcare professionals informing about the sport and the engagement of the volt hockey clubs. In conclusion, involvement in volt hockey is emotionally and socially rewarding for family members, but there is a need for additional enablers to allow the sport to grow. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2024
Keywords
Adapted sport, family system, leisure activities, physical disabilities, qualitative inquiry
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-69129 (URN)10.1080/17430437.2024.2329605 (DOI)001187455100001 ()2-s2.0-85188061630 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2024-06-18 Created: 2024-06-18 Last updated: 2024-06-18Bibliographically approved
Aho, A. C., Renmarker, E., Axelsson, M. & Jakobsson, J. (2022). Experiences of Playing Volt Hockey With Focus on Well-Being According to Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Achievement: An Interview Study. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 39(2), 160-178, Article ID apaq.2021-0035.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Experiences of Playing Volt Hockey With Focus on Well-Being According to Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Achievement: An Interview Study
2022 (English)In: Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, ISSN 0736-5829, E-ISSN 1543-2777, Vol. 39, no 2, p. 160-178, article id apaq.2021-0035Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Volt hockey is a team sport developed for persons with physical disabilities, but its influence on well-being is unknown. Elements of well-being have been described as positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and achievement constituting a theoretical framework referred to as PERMA. The purpose of this study was to describe how well-being according to PERMA is reflected in the experiences of playing volt hockey. Data were collected through focus group and individual interviews including 21 players. A deductive analysis was conducted using the elements in PERMA as preexisting main categories with an additional main category, named resources needed. Findings showed that all five elements constituting well-being according to PERMA were reflected in the experiences of playing volt hockey. In addition, players emphasized the importance of having the resources needed to play volt hockey. In conclusion, having the opportunity to enjoy playing volt hockey enabled the players to flourish and experience feelings of subjective well-being.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Human Kinetics, 2022
Keywords
adapted sport, physical disabilities, positive psychology, qualitative inquiry
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-46853 (URN)10.1123/apaq.2021-0035 (DOI)000783136800002 ()34740989 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85128493918 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2021-11-15 Created: 2021-11-15 Last updated: 2024-02-05Bibliographically approved
Aho, A. C., Hultsjö, S. & Hjelm, K. (2019). Perceptions of the transition from receiving the diagnosis recessive limb-girdle muscular dystrophy to becoming in need of human support and using a wheelchair: an interview study (ed.). Disability and Rehabilitation, 41(19), 2289-2298
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Perceptions of the transition from receiving the diagnosis recessive limb-girdle muscular dystrophy to becoming in need of human support and using a wheelchair: an interview study
2019 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 41, no 19, p. 2289-2298Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

PURPOSE: To describe perceptions of the transition from receiving the diagnosis recessive limb-girdle muscular dystrophy to becoming in need of human support to manage daily life and using a wheelchair for ambulation, from the affected young adults' and their parents' perspectives. METHOD: A qualitative and descriptive study design was used. Semi-structured interviews were held with 14 young adults diagnosed with recessive limb-girdle muscular dystrophy and 19 parents. Phenomenography was used for data analysis. RESULTS: The diagnosis was described as being a shock and difficult to comprehend but also as a relief and a tool for information. Beginning to use a wheelchair was perceived to be mentally difficult but it also provided freedom. New ways of living involved physical, emotional, practical, and social difficulties as well as experiences of learning to adapt to the disease. The transition was overshadowed by concern about disease progression and influenced by facilitating factors, which were young adult being seen as a person; supportive family and friends; mobilized internal resources; meaningful daily activities; adapted environment; and professional support. CONCLUSIONS: The different perceptions expressed in this study highlight the importance of identifying personal perceptions and needs in order to optimize support provided by healthcare professionals. Implications for Rehabilitation The different perceptions described in this study emphasize the need for person-centered care for young adults living with recessive limb-girdle muscular dystrophy and their parents. Regular controls and professional support to cope with the disease and its consequences should be offered, not only at the time of diagnosis but also throughout disease progression. Beginning to use a wheelchair can be a psychologically distressing process, which has to be acknowledged by healthcare professionals when introducing it. Healthcare professionals should not only recognize the importance of having social relations and activities that are meaningful but also be a link to authorities in society and to interest organizations that can help to facilitate the person's management of the disease.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2019
Keywords
Disability, LGMD2, parents, phenomenography, transition, young adults
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-5020 (URN)10.1080/09638288.2018.1464602 (DOI)000472585200007 ()29688081 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85046029920 (Scopus ID)26711 (Local ID)26711 (Archive number)26711 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2024-06-17Bibliographically approved
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Electric hockey from a health perspective; Malmö University
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