26 May 2021 Volume :9 Issue :20

Passion for Sport Inspires PhD Study

Passion for Sport Inspires PhD Study
Dr Osifeko Olalekan’s PhD study explores: The Development of a Professional Development Programme for Physical Activity Promotion in Adolescents’ Physical Education Classes, Nigeria.

Dr Osifeko Olalekan’s PhD study found that teachers need regular training on the promotion of physical activity (PA) and the wellness of adolescents, to reduce physical inactivity and the risk of developing various diseases.

Titled: The Development of a Professional Development Programme for Physical Activity Promotion in Adolescents’ Physical Education Classes, Nigeria, the study was supervised by Professors Rowena Naidoo and Verusia Chetty. It aimed to develop a professional development programme for physical education teachers and to evaluate its impact on students’ PA. It will empower teachers to update their expertise in, and knowledge of the subject.

The literature points to widespread physical inactivity and its harmful effect on health. Olalekan’s study proposes innovative teaching methodologies to promote PA in schools and communities. Adolescence is the gateway to adulthood and improving attitudes to PA during adolescence will improve health later in life.

Olalekan is currently writing articles with his supervisors in order to become an independent researcher.

‘I would like to obtain apostdoctoral fellowship or an opportunity to work in an academic environment to utilise my knowledge to assist African governments in the education and sports sectors,’ he said.

Olalekan grew up with a strong sense of community engagement, teamwork and an interest in sport. ‘This sparked my interest in furthering my education to serve the community that built me,’ he said.

He enjoys playing soccer, tennis, and volleyball and participating in athletics events.

Words: Nombuso Dlamini

Photograph: Supplied


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