Book reviews: Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs: Putting Research into Evidence-Based Practice. First Edition
Author: Gheorghe Dumitru
The book brings together a set of the most relevant texts written by pioneers and recognized practitioners in the CSPAP field (Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program), in order to accommodate the growing needs and questions of all those, not few in number, who want to learn more about CSPAP. Its 22 chapters are organized into six sections of different dimensions, but all the chapters use the same formal structure, with six subheadings: a review of the current research, succeeded by the knowledge claims (or “what we know”), knowledge gaps (“what we need to know”), evidence-based recommendations and applications (“what we need to do”), questions to consider for discussion, and case examples.
After the first part whose two chapters provide both the historical and foundational perspectives and the policy landscapes of the CSPAP model, the second part comes with three chapters from which we learn about the factors that need to be taken into account when designing, implementing, and estimating the program sustainability. Factors which can be of internal (within school) and external (beyond school), and also – in practice crucial – of psychological (within-individual) nature.
The next two parts with a total of ten chapters stand for the essential pillar of the book vision of the CSPAP model and its implementation.
Key words: physical activity, children’s, health, long-lasting PA, habits.