"One Stroke, With Twenty-Two People": Exploring Prostate Cancer Survivors' Participation in Dragon Boating

J Psychosoc Oncol. Jul-Aug 2020;38(4):375-388. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2020.1725215. Epub 2020 Feb 17.


Purpose: This study qualitatively explores prostate cancer survivors' experience in joining a dragon boating team and its possible impact on their wellbeing.Design: Qualitative data analysis.Sample: Eleven prostate cancer survivors from a dragon boat team.Methods: Semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis.Findings: The findings support physical benefits of dragon boating, however, the positive impact on the men's psychosocial wellbeing was more salient. Participation in dragon boating was important for establishing a social support system and positively reframing their cancer experience.Practice Implications: Dragon boating is a novel health promotion strategy for men with PC. Seeking to replicate the positive characteristics of dragon boating in the design of future physical activity interventions should be explored.

Keywords: Qualitative; exercise/nutrition; prostate; quality of life; survivorship.