Sport, theology and dementia: reflections on The Sporting Memories Network, UK

Watson, Nick J, Parker, Andrew ORCID: 0000-0001-6842-3067 and Swain, Spencer (2018) Sport, theology and dementia: reflections on The Sporting Memories Network, UK. Quest, 70 (3). pp. 370-384. doi:10.1080/00336297.2017.1393625

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Adopting a theological and social science lens, this study examined the role of sport in the care, and treatment of individuals with dementia, through an examination of the sport-dementia organisation, Sporting Memories Network (SMN). A conceptual, theoretical and methodological backdrop to the study is provided, through analysis of a number of themes: the definition, prevalence, and varied treatment pathways of dementia; sport-based dementia research, and interventions; an overview of SMN, and; theological reflections on dementia. A qualitative approach was adopted in which an expert/elite one-to-one interview was conducted with the Revd. Professor John Swinton, and the resultant transcript analysed using thematic content analysis. Emergent themes suggested that sport-dementia interventions, such as SMN, are one effective approach to care for and treat individuals with dementia. The paper concludes by suggesting that future research should explore how Christian sport organisations (and the broader church) might partner with SMN and similar organisations to address the dementia crisis.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: Quest is the Official Journal of the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dementia; The Sporting Memories Network; Theology; Sports
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2017 12:42
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:08

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