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Title: The Practice of Physical Exercise and Sports in Portuguese Trans Youth: A Case Study
Authors: Oliveira, Joana
Jacinto, Miguel 
Antunes, Raul
Frontini, Roberta
Keywords: transgender; gender identity; barriers; motives; facilitators; exercise; sport
Issue Date: 24-Feb-2023
Publisher: MDPI
Project: UIDB/04748/2020 
Serial title, monograph or event: Healthcare (Switzerland)
Volume: 11
Issue: 5
Abstract: The following case study aims to analyze the experience of a Portuguese trans individual regarding their practice of physical exercise (PE) and sports in Portuguese gyms and sports clubs. A 30-min interview was conducted through the Zoom platform. Before the interview, four questionnaires-Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS), Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), and EUROHIS-QOL 8-item index-were also applied, all in their Portuguese version. The interview was digitally video recorded after consent was obtained, transcribed verbatim, and subject to thematic analysis. Findings suggest positive values for satisfaction with life and quality of life. The values of positive affect were higher than those of negative affect, and there was an absence of depressive and anxious symptomatology. In the qualitative analysis, mental health was the main motive for the practice, while locker rooms separated by gender and university life were the main barriers mentioned. Mixed changing rooms were identified as facilitators of PE practice. This study highlights the importance of developing strategies for the creation of mixed changing rooms and sports teams in order to promote a comfortable and safe practice for all individuals.
ISSN: 2227-9032
DOI: 10.3390/healthcare11050668
Rights: openAccess
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