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The Challenge of Physical Activity in Disaster Preparedness and Post-disaster Interventions

Physical activities in leisure promote norms and behavior that are important for coping with daily life, promote basic values through team sport activities, e. g., social cohesion, and social integration. Recently, it has been recognized as one of the approaches in the physical and psycho-social programs for disaster preparedness and post-disaster interventions. This paper presents cases in disaster-stricken countries where post-disaster activities utilized the power of physical activities in rebuilding communities. Postdisaster intervention is more than just simply distributing relief goods and building temporary shelters. The true challenge of the aftermath is the necessary psycho-social intervention through physical activity to build internal coping mechanisms and resilience among affected individuals and communities.


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