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See detailPhysical activity: an unknown concept
Cloes, Marc ULg

Conference (2016, April 29)

Physical educators do not have necesseraly good representations about physical activity and sedentariness. During the presentation, participants will be involved in an interactive process aiming to ... [more ▼]

Physical educators do not have necesseraly good representations about physical activity and sedentariness. During the presentation, participants will be involved in an interactive process aiming to underline the main concepts that they should use in order to become effective agents of physical activity promotion. [less ▲]

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See detailIntérêt d’un modèle de compétition adapté aux enfants en athlétisme : le Kid’s Athletics
Jidovtseff, Boris ULg; Wuillaume, Sandrine; Cloes, Marc ULg

Poster (2016, February 27)

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See detailL’enseignement de l’éducation physique en Belgique francophone : une lente transition vers la littératie physique et un ancrage sociétal
Cloes, Marc ULg

Conference (2016, February 25)

A la fin des années 90’, les autorités en charge de l’Education dans l’actuelle Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles ont attribué à l’éducation physique la mission de développer trois domaines de compétences ... [more ▼]

A la fin des années 90’, les autorités en charge de l’Education dans l’actuelle Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles ont attribué à l’éducation physique la mission de développer trois domaines de compétences (condition physique, habiletés gestuelles, coopération socio-motrice) pour poursuivre en parallèle quatre finalités (santé, sécurité, expression-communication, éducation sportive). Si les textes officiels semblaient encourager le développement d’un cours d’éducation physique où le sport cédait un peu de terrain à l’activité physique au sens large, force est de constater que, dans les faits, les séances sont restées essentiellement construites par rapport à la pratique de disciplines sportives (dont le choix tend par ailleurs à s’élargir et à se diversifier). Depuis quelques années, sous l’impulsion des formateurs d’enseignants, on constate toutefois une modification très progressive des mentalités. De plus en plus d’initiatives sont ainsi mises en place sur le terrain dans la perspective d’amener les élèves à devenir des citoyens responsables … de leur corps tout au long de leur vie. Cette évolution en faveur de la littératie physique s’accompagne par ailleurs de démarches visant à souligner l’ancrage sociétal de la discipline dont l’apport concret doit impérativement être mis en exergue : le cours d’éducation physique qui présente des liens directs avec ce qui se passe en dehors des murs de l’école. Le professeur d’éducation physique est ainsi de plus en plus présenté comme le potentiel coordinateur de la promotion d’un style de vie actif au sein des établissements scolaires. [less ▲]

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See detailVers un nouvel ancrage sociétal du cours d’éducation physique
Cloes, Marc ULg

Conference (2016, February 24)

Since two decades, a growing number of publications underlines the increase of the sedentariness of the society and, in parallel, that of the number of overweight people. It has been demonstrated that ... [more ▼]

Since two decades, a growing number of publications underlines the increase of the sedentariness of the society and, in parallel, that of the number of overweight people. It has been demonstrated that these evolutions will have negative consequences on the health of the citizen at mid and long terms. School is identified as one of the main pillars of the promotion of a physically active lifestyle. By the competences that they acquire during their studies, physical educaiton teachers are considered as the potential corner stone of actions to be implemented in order to allow youth to become citizen responsible of their body and to learn how to use it longlife. That implies reinforcing application of principles that physical educators know very well but that are not necessary integrated systematically in the professional practice. Beforehand to the action on the gym, it means that specific appraoches of teachers education (pre- and in-service) have to be implemented. The presentation proposes to review the current developments and will emphasize the share of good practices in teaching as well as in teacher education. [less ▲]

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See detailBouger plus: Retour vers le futur
Cloes, Marc ULg

Conference (2016, February 22)

Bouger plus est un projet visant à encourager la pratique de l'activité physique chez les seniors. Il est né dans le cadre d'une collaboration entre le Service Intervention et Gestion en Activités ... [more ▼]

Bouger plus est un projet visant à encourager la pratique de l'activité physique chez les seniors. Il est né dans le cadre d'une collaboration entre le Service Intervention et Gestion en Activités physiques et sportives de l'Université de Liège, d'une part, la Commune d'Esneux, d'autre part. Après avoir analysé les caractéristiques des habitudes des habitants de la la commune en matière d'activité physique, des interventions ont été implantées auprès d'un public cible particulier: les seniors. Ceux-ci sont considérés comme des personnes de 50 ans et plus. L'exposé retracera les différentes étapes de cette collaboration fructueuse puisque, six ans après le lancement de cette initiative citoyenne, des cycles d'activités sont toujours proposés et rencontrent d'ailleurs toujours plus de succès. Une réflexion sera menée à propos de l'évolution en cours du concept et des options qui se présentent pour la pérennisation de ce projet. [less ▲]

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See detailWhy is it necessary to change the physical activity representations in women?
Cloes, Marc ULg

Conference (2015, December 14)

Various (inter)national organizations and institutions expend a great deal of effort on fighting against the dramatic grow of the sedentariness of the modern society. In consumer magazines as well as in ... [more ▼]

Various (inter)national organizations and institutions expend a great deal of effort on fighting against the dramatic grow of the sedentariness of the modern society. In consumer magazines as well as in prestigious scientific journals, number of publications emphasize the interest that each of us can withdraw from a regular active lifestyle. So, nowadays, in the Western countries, everyone is supposed to know that physical activity is one of the ingredients of a healthy lifestyle. Nevertheless, it is clear that the population seems to paradoxically misunderstand the concept of physical activity. Moreover, in terms of sedentariness, the female audience is considered as particularly at risk and requires specific attention. According to the socioecological models, physical activity behaviors are influenced by a large array of variables belonging to the person itself as well as for its social, built, natural environments, and policies. In parallel, the transtheoretical model of health behavior change emphasizes that a person who changes his/her behavior goes through five stages (precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance). Following that theory, the starting point of the change process consists of the awareness of the individual about the behavior. This stage refers to the individual factors linked to psychological, cognitive and emotional aspects (knowledge about PA, expected benefits, motivation, perceived pleasure …) that can be related to the people’s representations about PA. A representation can be defined as a mental phenomenon that corresponds to a more or less conscientious, organized and consistent set of cognitive and affective elements concerning one particular object. The goal of this paper is to underline the interest of the analysis of the representations about PA in a way to understand the reasons of reluctance, motivation and/or blockages demonstrated by individuals - and by women in particular - in their changing process. Study on such topic could become a key aspect in the search for useful tools in the habits transformation. In fact, despite representations’ central role, very few studies focusing on this variable have been published in the literature. This is especially surprising as it was demonstrated that representations about PA have a bigger influence on the lifestyle modification than concrete environmental variables do. When considering representations about PA, we consider five elements: definition, believes about the impacts, knowledge of the recommendations, self-evaluation, and identification of the change strategies). These questions will be the focus of the paper. Data will support and illustrate their legitimacy in the physical activity promotion. [less ▲]

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See detailChanging the representations for an active lifestyle in women
Cloes, Marc ULg

Conference (2015, December 13)

Representations are a key factor in the development of a physically active lifestyle. In women, it is fundamental to verify if there are not wrong represnetations about physical activity because that ... [more ▼]

Representations are a key factor in the development of a physically active lifestyle. In women, it is fundamental to verify if there are not wrong represnetations about physical activity because that could be an important barrier to any change. This workshop will propose several activities aiming to show how it is possible to increase the awareness of people about what is physical activity and how to accept to reach the international recommendations. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparing physically educated citizens in PE Expectations and practices
Cloes, Marc ULg

Conference (2015, December 04)

Since the end of the 80’s, physical education (PE) is a right for any citizen. Nevertheless, this school subject experienced a crisis expressed by a certain marginalization, a reduction of the curriculum ... [more ▼]

Since the end of the 80’s, physical education (PE) is a right for any citizen. Nevertheless, this school subject experienced a crisis expressed by a certain marginalization, a reduction of the curriculum time allocation, some questioning about the subject status, repeated decreases of material, human and financial resources as well as presence of inadequacies in facility and equipment supply, or a low remuneration of teachers. However, since two decades, the growing recognition of the benefits that society could get out one physically active lifestyle for health leads to a shift in the PE priorities. All around the world, PE teachers have to adapt their programs and teaching strategies in order to prepare physically educated citizens. It seems now essential to propose contents that will be more transferable in the out of school life. PE teachers are now expected to be the corner stones of the promotion of a healthy lifestyle that their students should acquire for their whole life. This attractive vision is not well supported by the literature, mainly when considering the long term effects. Reasons of that lack of achievement have been underlined and solutions are now proposed and implemented. Teachers are recommended to be models, update their knowledge, do networking, become project managers, and behave like real professionals. Moreover, they should foster students’ play and pleasure, achievement and learning, movement, interactions, and autonomy. Physical literacy and accountability became two major guiding principles of PE teaching. PE teachers’ education should rely now on pedagogical cases, communities of practice and action researches. A growing number of examples of good practices is available. In parallel, researchers implement studies aiming to analyse the effects of these initiatives. Using technology like computers, video, tablets, Web-based applications … is considered as a promising approach. [less ▲]

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See detailSéance de renforcement musculaire utilisant des objets du quotidien
Dubru, Gilles ULg; Cloes, Marc ULg

in Revue de l'Education Physique (2015), 55(1), 43-56

Les professeurs d’éducation physique proposent régulièrement des leçons portant sur le renforcement musculaire faisant partie des compétences à acquérir par les élèves (domaine de la condition physique ... [more ▼]

Les professeurs d’éducation physique proposent régulièrement des leçons portant sur le renforcement musculaire faisant partie des compétences à acquérir par les élèves (domaine de la condition physique). En revanche, il n'est pas nécessairement fréquent que ces séances visent à expliquer aux élèves comment ils peuvent exploiter ce qu'ils apprennent à l'école lorsqu'ils sont chez eux. Cet article illustre une approche susceptible de combler ce manque. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyse exploratoire des liens entre l’interaction entraîneur-joueuses, les représentaitons mutuelles de l’entraînement et la performance sportive
Rémy, Elodie; Manfredini, Tiber ULg; Cloes, Marc ULg

in Bulletin de Psychologie (2015), 68(5), 355-366

The coach-athlete relationship is well documented in the literature. Based on an original research model, the study is focused on three female basketball clubs of the 1st regional division in Wallonia ... [more ▼]

The coach-athlete relationship is well documented in the literature. Based on an original research model, the study is focused on three female basketball clubs of the 1st regional division in Wallonia. Combining interviews, participant observation, focus groups, and perception questionnaires, it appears that the relational dynamics of the three sites differs considerably: ‘Back to back’, ‘Above-below’, ‘Inside’. In each case, the coach-players relationship does not seem suitable to the optimal use of the available resources, in order to reach a sport performance in agreement. Courses of actions are suggested for provoking some improvement of the situations. [less ▲]

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See detailThe importance of physical educators’ representations about physical activity
Cloes, Marc ULg

Conference (2015, September 18)

Physical education (PE) teachers need to develop clear representaitons about physical activity (PA). In fact, they have to promote an active lifestyle among their pupils/students and it will not be ... [more ▼]

Physical education (PE) teachers need to develop clear representaitons about physical activity (PA). In fact, they have to promote an active lifestyle among their pupils/students and it will not be possible without developing an extended knowledge about physical activity. This presentation has been designed in order to make the PE teachers and their trainers that their representations about PA could be worse than they believe. Moreover, the interactive way of this presentation will provide an interesting example of an approach that could be used on the field. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to determine the place provided to physical activity in a primary school? An attempt to identify objective variables
Mouton, Alexandre ULg; Boone, Pauline; Cloes, Marc ULg

in Revista Espaňola de Educación Física y Deportes (2015, July), 410-S

In the fight against sedentariness, recent meta analyses underlined the determining role of school as a foundation for physical activity (PA) promotion in children and adolescents (Biddle et al. 2012 ... [more ▼]

In the fight against sedentariness, recent meta analyses underlined the determining role of school as a foundation for physical activity (PA) promotion in children and adolescents (Biddle et al. 2012). Consequently, active schools projects are implemented worldwide.. They combine actions on several parallel axes with the physical education (PE) teacher as a corner stone. One of the challenges of such interventions is to follow the modifications and measure their effects. Moreover, it seems that practitioners and researchers still need an instrument to ascertain the real place provided to PA in a school. The aim of this presentation consists in describing the development, validation and testing of an instrument designed to provide such feedback. This study respects a qualitative approach and, by its step by step process, could be considered as an action research approach. Its main goal is to produce an audit instrument rather than providing data. Five successive steps were designed: Analysis of the literature in order to select the main dimensions to analyze; Development of a provisional tool based on objective items; Pilot study; Validation by a group of 13 experts; Testing of the final version in a school. The analysis was focused on the school policy and involved the principal, the PE teacher and the classroom teachers. 335 items were identified and spread across six dimensions. The experts underlined the validity and completeness of the instrument. For the practitioners, participating to the data collection is a means to become aware of what the school (should) propose. This study points out the large range of variables involved in the development of a PA school project, and bring forward the limitation of an assessment using objective data. It underlines that an audit process contributes to a more relevant perception of the reality. Practitioners would also be interested by an easier-to-use tool. [less ▲]

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See detail« 11bouge » website: Principles of the designers and opinions of the practitioners
Andris, Morgane ULg; Pauly, Aurore; Mouton, Alexandre ULg et al

Poster (2015, July)

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See detailIntergenerational physical activity: Effects of a three-month intervention bringing together older adults and elementary school children
Mouton, Alexandre ULg; Renier, Tom ULg; Cloes, Marc ULg

in Revista Espaňola de Educación Física y Deportes (2015, July), 410-S

For the first time in history, children are projected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents (Olshansky et al., 2005). Besides, older adults are the less active population group (Sun et al ... [more ▼]

For the first time in history, children are projected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents (Olshansky et al., 2005). Besides, older adults are the less active population group (Sun et al., 2013). Intergenerational PA has the potential to increase PA and quality of life (QoL) among those two age-groups but research in the field is still very limited (Flora & Faulkner, 2007). Accordingly, the aim of this study was to examine the impact of an intergeneration PA intervention on self-reported PA and Qol among older adults and elementary school children. At baseline, two intergenerational groups were formed: (Gr1) 11 older adults (63.91±7.62 years) and a class of 18 children (4.81±0.37 years); (Gr2) 9 older adults (68.67±7.25) and a class of 13 children (7.16±0.38years). Those groups took part in a three-month intergenerational intervention including one weekly session of PA practiced in the school context. Assessments were performed before (T0), during (satisfaction level), after the intervention (T1) and after a three months’ follow-up period (T2). PA and Qol were respectively assessed with the QAPPA and the SF-36 among older adults, and with adapted versions of the PAQ-C and the AUQUEI among children. Older adults’ physical fitness was also assessed with the SFT battery test. Participation rate was relatively high in both groups during PA sessions (Gr1: 81.48% older adults and 93.21% children; Gr2: 83.33% older adults and 91.45% children). At T1, Only 1 older adult (Gr1) dropped out of the study, as 9 children (group 1) and 6 children (group 2) dropped out due to the failure of the parents to complete and return the children’s questionnaires. Preliminary results of the SFT exposed significant improvements of the upper limbs strength in both groups (p<0.05). Further analyses will inform about effects on PA and Qol. [less ▲]

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See detail« Prof d’EPS » un métier qui bouge
Cloes, Marc ULg

Conference (2015, June 03)

Since the beginning of the 3rd millenium, the focus of the physical educaiton course evolved a lot, as well as the expected role of the teachers. In fact, the priority given to the teaching of sport ... [more ▼]

Since the beginning of the 3rd millenium, the focus of the physical educaiton course evolved a lot, as well as the expected role of the teachers. In fact, the priority given to the teaching of sport skills progressively moved to the preparation of physically educated citizen. In parallel, School being considered as one of the main pilar of the fight against sedentariness and promotion of an active lifestyle, PE teachers are more and more presented as the responsables of the coordination of such actions within their schools. It means that they have to envisage to adapt their representations and professional decisions. The goal of this presentation is to stimulate the awareness and to illustrate courses of action likely to incitate pratitioners to engage themselves in a reviewing process. [less ▲]

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See detailLa promotion de l’activité physique dans les écoles : un projet de société
Cloes, Marc ULg

Conference (2015, March 28)

A l'heure actuelle, les preuves scientifiques existent pour souligner la nécessité de lutter contre la sédentarité. L'école constitue un pilier essentiel de l'action à mettre en oeuvre dans cette ... [more ▼]

A l'heure actuelle, les preuves scientifiques existent pour souligner la nécessité de lutter contre la sédentarité. L'école constitue un pilier essentiel de l'action à mettre en oeuvre dans cette perspective et, en son sein, les enseignants en éducation physique devraient jouer un rôle central en tant que 'pierre angulaire' de la promotion de l'activité physique. Ceci exige toutefois un recentrage de leur intervention sur le développement de citoyens physiquement éduqués, justifiant un changement dans les priorités de leur enseignement. Cela ne peut toutefois pas être mis en oeuvre sans le soutien des autorités scolaires locales et du domaine de la santé. Un axe de travail consiste finalement à éduquer la société en communiquant davantage à propos de ce qui est fait à l'école pour développer un style de vie actif. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficacy of a web-based, center-based or combined physical activity intervention among older adults
Mouton, Alexandre ULg; Cloes, Marc ULg

in Health Education Research (2015)

With more social support and environment-centered interventions being recommended in web-based interventions, this study examined the efficacy of three intervention conditions aimed at promoting physical ... [more ▼]

With more social support and environment-centered interventions being recommended in web-based interventions, this study examined the efficacy of three intervention conditions aimed at promoting physical activity (PA) in older adults. The efficacy analyses included the self-reported PA level, stage of change for PA and awareness about PA among participants. Eligible participants (N = 149; M = 65 years old, SD = 6), recruited in a unique Belgian French-speaking municipality, were randomized in four research arms for a 3-month intervention: (i) web-based; (ii) center-based; (iii) mixed (combination of web- and center-based); and (iv) control (no intervention). Web-based condition included a PA website and monthly tailored emails whereas center-based condition comprised 12 sessions (1 per week) of group exercising. With a significant increase in PA, the PA stage of change and the PA awareness at 12 months, the mixed intervention condition seemed to include the key social and motivating elements for sustainable behavior change. Center-based intervention was more likely to produce significant improvements of the PA level and the stage of change for PA change whereas web-based intervention was more likely to extend the awareness about PA. [less ▲]

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See detailL'accoutumance à l'eau: un préalable au savoir-nager.
Mornard, Manhattan ULg; Delvaux, Anne ULg; Cloes, Marc ULg et al

in Éducation Physique et Sport (2015), (364), 16-20

Synthèse de la méthodologie et des travaux scientifiques réalisés au cours de ces dernières années par le cereki dans le domaine de l'accoutumance à l'eau.

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See detailDesign and implementation of a ‘physical activity day’ for overweight and obese youth
Cloes, Marc ULg; DEWANDRE, Anne-Cécile ULg; LEBRETHON, Marie-Christine ULg et al

in Tijdschrift van de Belgische Kinderarts = Journal du Pédiatre Belge (2015, March), 17(1),

This study aimed to analyze the development and implementation of an adapted physical activity day expected to underline to overweight/obese youth the role of PA and hw they could be more active in their ... [more ▼]

This study aimed to analyze the development and implementation of an adapted physical activity day expected to underline to overweight/obese youth the role of PA and hw they could be more active in their daily life. [less ▲]

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