A transdisciplinary approach to the Determinants of Physical Activities in Settings: A COST EU Action that bridges the knowledge-practice gap

Rhoda Sohun, Ciaran MacDonncha, Laura Capranica, Paulo Rocha, Cristina Cortis, Paul Mork, Ribeiro Jose, Mekdes Gebremariam, Eco de Geus, Hidde Van Der Ploeg, Vilma Cingiene, Marie Murphy, Greet Cardon, Fiona Chun Man Ling, Bojan Masanovic

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Introduction: Though regular physical activity (PA) is recognised as a means to increase and preserve the health of individuals and to reduce the risk of chronic diseases and mortality1, Europeanand global society is largely physically inactive2.

Methods: A European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action called ‘Determinants of Physical Activities in Settings’ (DE-PASS; https://depass.eu) was set up in 2020 to examine and understand the associations between PA determinants.

Objective: Through collaboation amongst established researchers, policy makers, and early career investigators, the objective of the Action is to faciliate and guide the identification and greater understanding of determinants of life course physical activity behaviours (PABs) and translate this knowledge into outputs which will assist policy makers and practitioners to achieve more effective health promoting settings.

Results: Research capacity of DE-PASS has grown since its founding and includes 37 European countries, 8 international partners and 300+ participants. A network of multidisciplinary stakeholders collaborate in four work groups (1) overall management, capacity building, dissemination, and exploitation; (2) evidence translation; (3) PABs determinant profile measurement toolkit; and (4) European harmonisation of data collection, which have 19 deliverables due for completion at the end of 2024. Through a knowledge transfer platform (KTP), DEPASS continues to achive the completion of work group deliverables through its networking activities, e.g. Training Schools (n=3), Short Term Scientific Missions (n=15), Virtual Mobility Activites (n=42) and numerous dissemination activites.

Conclusion: DE-PASS has made an excellent start in setting up a complex, multidisciplinary, cross-country, cross-sectoral organizational structure to collaborate in the field of determinants of behavioral PA research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBook of Abstracts: AIESEP 2023
Subtitle of host publicationEmerging Horizons: Bridging the borders between physical education research and practice
Place of PublicationSantiago, Chile
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2023
Event2023 AIESEP international Conference : Emerging Horizons: Bridging the borders between physical education research and practice - Santiago de Chile, Chile
Duration: 4 Jul 20237 Jul 2023


Conference2023 AIESEP international Conference
CitySantiago de Chile
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