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Contributions of the SDGs as Drivers of Sustainability through Physical Activity and Sport

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Health, Well-Being and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (26 March 2023) | Viewed by 16445

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Department of Physical Activity and Sport, CEI Campus Mare Nostrum, University of Murcia, 30100 Murcia, Spain
Interests: children; psychomotricity; education, physical activity and sport; sport direction and management
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INGESPORTFI Research Group, Department of Physical Activity and Sport. University of Murcia, 30100, Murcia, Spain
Interests: sailing; sport management; sport sciences
INGESPORTFI Research Group, Department of Physical Activity and Sport. University of Murcia, 30100, Murcia, Spain
Interests: leathership; sport management; sport sciences
INGESPORTFI Research Group, Department Physical Activity and Sport. University of Murcia, 30100, Murcia, Spain
Interests: olympic wrestling; sport management; sport events

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The 2030 Agenda, approved in 2015 with 17 goals for reaching a sustainable world by 2030, recognizes sport as a singular tool to support this global action plan. Sport is considered as an "important factor for sustainable development, due to its contributions to development and peace in its encouragement of tolerance and respect, and due to its contribution to the empowerment of women and youth, individuals and communities, as well as to its health, education and social inclusion goals".

Sport teaches and practices values and work skills, it is a platform for information on nutrition, food security and zero hunger. Physical activity and sport contribute to healthy living, counteract the economic impact of physical inactivity, reduce the risk of contracting non-communicable diseases, encourage the adoption of active and healthy lifestyles, promote the mental well-being of communities at risk through its social, psychological and physiological benefits. Physical activity and sport are inclusive and educate and promote equal rights and participation. Sport and education promote tolerance, diversity and non-discrimination in school programmes, they provide educational opportunities and life skills. Physical education supports comprehensive education, while sport improves academic performance and achievement, leadership skills and concentration ability, and it is a platform for the encouragement and awareness of gender equality, contributing to the abolition of discrimination.
The sports industry and its links generate opportunities for economic growth and employment. The organisation of sporting events boosts local and regional business; it can have lasting effects on the population by involving their heritage; the sport scene can become a platform for inclusion and respect for diversity. Sporting events are a place for celebrating and valuing diversity and addressing discriminatory practices.

Sport-based education programmes teach about environmental sustainability and climate change, promote awareness of environmental protection and preservation, are versatile means of implementation with global outreach and unprecedented popularity, which build and strengthen multiple networks resulting in partnerships. Sport-based educational programmes implement their own plans and are able to achieve the goals of sustainable development and peace. They can become a link between different sectors to pool resources and create synergies in order to contribute to measuring progress towards sustainable development.

The purpose of this special edition is to examine the interrelationships between Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they can achieve their goals through Physical Activity and Sport. The papers selected for this Special Edition are subject to a rigorous peer-review process in order to ensure rapid and wide dissemination of research results, their progress and implementations.

Prof. Dr. Arturo Díaz Suárez
Dr. Vicente Morales Baños
Dr. Alfonso Martínez Moreno
Dr. José María López Gullón
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • SDGs
  • Sustainability
  • Physical Activity
  • Sport

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Tiyu (体育)’ for Development and Peace? An Examination of Attitudes and Possibilities of the People’s Republic of China Regarding the Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) Movement
Sustainability 2022, 14(21), 13734; https://doi.org/10.3390/su142113734 - 23 Oct 2022
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The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has appeared to be inattentive towards the globally lobbied Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) movement that endeavors to leverage sport for non-sporting development, currently subscribing to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By adopting [...] Read more.
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has appeared to be inattentive towards the globally lobbied Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) movement that endeavors to leverage sport for non-sporting development, currently subscribing to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By adopting the concept of ‘tiyu (体育)’—the supposed Chinese counterpart of ‘sport’—which also seeks to achieve wider objectives grounded on its premise of ‘body cultivation’, this paper proceeds with a text-based qualitative study incorporating document analysis and literature review to examine its current links to SDP. The findings suggest that: (1) While the national development foci of the PRC have demonstrated alignment with the SDGs, its tiyu policies have not. (2) Mainstream SDP projects have failed to be accommodated in the PRC, although some non-SDP tiyu practices have shown a commitment to SDP-desired outcomes. (3) The relative lack of interest in SDP in the PRC has not prevented some tiyu scholars from heeding this movement. Accordingly, this paper assesses the prospects of changing attitudes in the PRC toward SDP. Full article
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Sport and Sustainable Development Goals in Spain
Sustainability 2021, 13(6), 3505; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063505 - 22 Mar 2021
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Sport is a valuable tool for sustainable development. This is recognized in the Kazan Action Plan, in the 2030 Agenda, itself, and in the Action Plan for its implementation in Spain. In order to broaden the scope of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), [...] Read more.
Sport is a valuable tool for sustainable development. This is recognized in the Kazan Action Plan, in the 2030 Agenda, itself, and in the Action Plan for its implementation in Spain. In order to broaden the scope of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is necessary to carefully consider both the possible synergies and existing inconsistencies that can enhance and weaken the contribution of sport to sustainable development. Taking as reference the international recommendations in this regard, it will be necessary to take into account the concept of “policy coherence” in both its vertical and horizontal dimensions. Advancing in the achievement of the SDGs largely requires involving subnational governments and the rest of the stakeholders, promoting decision-making based on concrete and reliable common indicators. Starting from the methodology developed globally by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) for locating the SDGs, a comparative analysis of the sports situation of each Spanish Autonomous Community will be carried out as a diagnosis. This is to show the existing inequalities between territories in relation to the selected indicators and, at the same time, identify some of the main limitations and gaps that we currently find in Spain to perform this location in a more effective way. Full article

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Chinese Path to Sports Modernization: Fitness-for-All (Chinese) and a Development Model for Developing Countries
Sustainability 2023, 15(5), 4203; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15054203 - 26 Feb 2023
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This policy review overviews the Chinese path to sports modernization within the theoretical framework of the Chinese path to modernization, which is centered on the principle of Fitness-for-All. Over a century of endeavors, the modernization of sports in China has created a new [...] Read more.
This policy review overviews the Chinese path to sports modernization within the theoretical framework of the Chinese path to modernization, which is centered on the principle of Fitness-for-All. Over a century of endeavors, the modernization of sports in China has created a new and comprehensive sports civilization in a developing country with a large population and inadequate sports resources. The essence of the Chinese path to sports modernization can be summarized as a people-centered process of sports modernization led by the Communist Party of China that relies on a top-level design with universal participation and seeks to develop a diverse global sports governance. The development of Chinese sports will not only make a transformative contribution to China’s commitment to its second Century Goal, but it will also provide a renaissance for the ancient Chinese philosophy of health first into a people-centered modernization theory, and contribute a Chinese blueprint for the pursuit of the advancement of cross-cultural, diverse world sports civilizations and sustainable development goals. Full article
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Motivations and Future Intentions in Sport Event Volunteering: A Systematic Review
Sustainability 2021, 13(22), 12454; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132212454 - 11 Nov 2021
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Understanding the future intentions of individuals who are part of a sport organization is a critical step for the success and the accomplishment of the goals of such organizations, particularly for sporting events that highly depend on the work of volunteers. Therefore, it [...] Read more.
Understanding the future intentions of individuals who are part of a sport organization is a critical step for the success and the accomplishment of the goals of such organizations, particularly for sporting events that highly depend on the work of volunteers. Therefore, it is important to determine which factors motivate an individual to volunteer, as well as the intentions volunteers have to continue volunteering for sporting events or other similar organizations. This study conducted a systematic review of literature on studies that have examined the motivation and future intentions of volunteering in sporting events. The PRISMA methodology was used to develop this review. It included 30 studies from 2007 to 2020, and all the studies examined these two constructs using different types of quantitative methodologies. Moreover, most of these studies were conducted by scholars in the United States and Australia, and the VMS-ISE was the most used instrument for collecting data. Many of the studies did not include a theoretical framework relating motivation and future intentions to other constructs. The results of this systematic review provide new insights regarding the state of studies that have examined future intentions related to volunteering in sporting events, particularly regarding how to plan future investigations of volunteers’ motivation and future intention in the context of sporting events. Full article
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Effects of Multicomponent Physical Exercise Programs on Physical Fitness in People with Intellectual Disabilities: A Systematic Review
Sustainability 2022, 14(24), 16728; https://doi.org/10.3390/su142416728 - 13 Dec 2022
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People with intellectual disabilities (ID) have high rates of overweight and obesity, heart and metabolic diseases, and low motor development. These factors compromise functional independence and autonomy in activities of daily living. The objective of this study was to clarify the design and [...] Read more.
People with intellectual disabilities (ID) have high rates of overweight and obesity, heart and metabolic diseases, and low motor development. These factors compromise functional independence and autonomy in activities of daily living. The objective of this study was to clarify the design and implementation of multicomponent physical exercise programs (MPEPs) and evaluate their effects on physical fitness in people with ID. A search for scientific articles in English published before 2022 was conducted using Web of Science, PubMed, Scopus, and Science Direct databases. Scientific papers describing the effects of MPEPs on physical fitness in people with ID were considered. A total of 374 articles involving people with ID were included. Positive physical fitness outcomes were found in interventions with MPEPs in its morphological components and to a lesser extent in the motor, muscular, metabolic, and cardiorespiratory aspects in people with ID. Further research is needed to standardize and elucidate the effects of the MPEP on other functional dimensions of physical fitness to use them as a physical activity alternative to reduce sedentary behavior in people with ID. Full article
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