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News - Research Paper on Engaging At-Risk Youth Through Mountain Biking Now Available (closed)

25-Jul-2018

A review of evidence undertaken recently by the UWA research team found that non-traditional recreational activities resonate with individuals who are socially at-risk, and that participation in mountain biking and other outdoor recreation programs can facilitate the development of interpersonal and life skills, and improved risk assessment, problem solving and decision making skills. 

Outdoor recreation activities for at-risk young people have been linked to improved mental health and wellbeing outcomes, including sense of belonging, self-esteem, resilience, and better physical health. The Midland Mountain Biking Program was instigated as an opportunity to trial the potential of mountain biking as a conduit for these outcomes. This report summarises the evaluation of the pilot program and its impact on participants, and provides evidence to support the continuation and expansion of the program in the future.

“… It’s just outstanding, the commitment that some of these young people have made consistently for the past five to six weeks.”

To download and read the report click here.

Thank you to Dr May Carter from Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries for providing this research paper to Outdoors WA to share with the Outdoors Community.






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