Call for Papers | “Health Promotion and Sport”, Special Issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Call ends April 30, 2021

Health promotion can be understood in different ways in relation to sport, and this Special Issue aims to explore this relation in-depth. The objective of this Special Issue is to better understand how the sport sector can act (through interventions, events, initiatives, policies) as a health-promoting setting.

The World Health Organization (WHO, 1986) has defined Health promotion as the process of enabling organizations or individuals to take control over their health and their determinants.

In the present Special Issue, we consider sport in a broad sense, including both competitive and recreational sport, targeting all groups across the lifespan and socioeconomic gradient, including every-day and non-organized sport practice.

This Special Issue of IJERPH focuses on research such as:

      • Health-promoting settings-based approach to sport (HPSC-related research and research on how to change the core-business of sport in a health-promoting direction);
      • Health promotion through sport (sport for health, sport for development, sport for social change, using sport as a tool for health promoting outcomes or sustainable development goals);
      • Health promotion in sport (health promotion initiatives/interventions/events performed in sport, ex. using sports as an arena for health promotion programs);
      • Health promotion in relation to emerging concepts within the field such as physical literacy, salutogenesis, social capital or other perspectives that could broaden our understanding of health promotion and sport.

In this Special Issue, we invite researchers from different scientific disciplines, such as health promotion, sport management, sport sociology, sport pedagogy, and sport psychology, among others, to submit papers that combine or use diverse methods (qualitative, quantitative or mixed). Both empirical and theoretical papers are welcome.

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


      • Health promotion
      • Sport
      • Settings-based approach
      • SDG
      • Sport for development
      • Events

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. Susanna Geidne
Guest Editor
School of Health Sciences, Division of Sport Science, Örebro University, Örebro SE-701 82, Sweden
Interests: health promoting sports clubs; practice-based research; sustainable sport management
Assoc. Prof. Aurélie Van Hoy
Assistant Guest Editor
APEMAC, University of Lorraine, Nancy 54000, France
Interests: physical activity interventions; health promoting sports clubs; physical activity policies
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