Mass sporting and physical activity events: are they bread and circuses or public health interventions to increase population levels of physical activity?

Murphy, N. M. and Bauman, A. (2007) Mass sporting and physical activity events: are they bread and circuses or public health interventions to increase population levels of physical activity? Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 4. pp. 193-202.

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Abstract

Background: Large-scale, one-off sporting or physical activity events are often thought to impact population physical activity levels. This paper reviews the evidence and explores the nature of the effect. Methods: A search of the published and grey literature was conducted to July 2005 using relevant databases and web sources. Personal contacts yielded additional data. Impacts are described at the individual, societal and community, and environmental levels. Results: Few quality evaluations have been conducted. While mass sporting events appear to influence physical activity related infrastructure, there is scant evidence of impact on individual participation at the population level. There is some evidence that events promoting active transport can positively affect physical activity. Conclusions: The public health potential of major sporting and physical activity events is often cited, but evidence for public health benefit is lacking.

Item Type: Article
Departments or Groups: Centre for Health Behaviour Research
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Studies
Depositing User: Niamh Murphy
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2007 13:50
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2016 10:25
URI: http://repository.wit.ie/id/eprint/111

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