Leisure and health: undergraduate and graduate students expectations from Brazil and the United States of action in the health field

Letícia Pasin, Tomeka M. Robinson, Danny Valdez Jr, Cody M. Clemens, Vicent Hendershot, Megan Ray Robb, Keenan Hamilton, Milena Avelaneda Origuela, Cinthia Lopes da Silva


The objectives of this work is to identify: 1) the understanding that undergraduate and graduate students from Brazil and the United States have of courses related to leisure and health, and 2) the expectation of such students in relation to activities in the health field. When talking about health there is a tendency in scientific circles to reduce the issue to aspects exclusively biological, and disregard the living conditions of the subjects, cultural factors, and individual choice. Moreover, although it is a widespread idea that body practices are good for health, there is a small portion of the population adept with such practices. The way such practices are addressed by health professionals can be one of the elements influencing the choice of the subjects with respect to whether or not the same is a leisure option. The methodology used for this study was bibliographical and field research, characterizing this as a qualitative study. Field research used semi-structured interviews. As a result, it was observed that the interviewees spoke of of "health" as absence of disease, synonymous with physical activity and human totality. Regarding leisure subjects refer to only free time,  obligations and fun. Subjects disregard completely the personal and social development aspects of leisure. Respondents are aware that the health field has opportunities for growth and change; however, none of them responded in detail what is expected of their work in the future.


Students Health Occupations, Social determinants of health, Leisure activities, Physical Education and training, Training support

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