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La pratique physique des retraites dans le champ de la santé : une lutte pour la reconnaissance

Abstract : “Health” media omnipresence induces retired persons to remind of their responsibilities and to be activated in order to be recognized like “good healthy”. And so physical practice is presented by medical and social world like a solution. Nevertheless to avoid risk an adapted physical effort is advised. A questionnaire was distributed and interviews carried out within a group of physically active seniors. The aim of this research is to compare their amount of physical activity with that which is normally prescribed by the medical world. Results show that if the majority practises in order to stay « healthy », the majority also make an above- average physical effort. They call the seniors' universality principle and the medical and social vision used to standardize their practice into question. So, whatever gender or socioeconomic category may be, these seniors put forth an effort that is longer and more intense than what is typically recommended. Fatigue and pain are no more considered risky but are proof of efficiency. At least seniors prefer counting on their body feelings to manage themselves their physical investment. By refusing this normalised practice, retired people make known that they are still in « good health » whereas the practice' approval would show instead a negative evolution of their health.
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Ronan Derieux. La pratique physique des retraites dans le champ de la santé : une lutte pour la reconnaissance. domain_other. Université Rennes 2, 2007. Français. ⟨tel-00267674⟩

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