Can mass sports events increase physical activity? Results from a ladies run
Bo, Norway : The European Association for Sociology of Sport
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SubjectInequality, cohesion and modernization; Ongelijkheid, cohesie en modernisering
Over the past decades, there has been a major increase in the number of people with lifestyle-related health problems (WHO, 2017). People who perform in sufficient amounts of physical activity (PA) are known to benefit from positive health effects (Marques et al., 2015). Mass participation events in running, cycling and walking attract large populations to perform in PA. Evidence of the health effects of such events is scarce. The purpose of this study was to measure to what extent a mass participation event, in this case a 5K-, 7.5K and 10K ladies run, can attract non-active participants, as well as participants becoming more active in preparation for the event. In this ex-post cross-sectional study, in the week after the event, participants were asked to complete a questionnaire about the amount of PA (weeks, minutes per week) during as well as before their preparation period for the event. Additionally, the survey consisted of personal characteristics, type of preparation (group/individual) and perceived health. More than one third (34%) of the respondents (n = 499) indicated to have performed an extra amount of PA during the preparation period. On average, they were 80 minutes per week more physically active during 9 weeks of preparation. Of this group 39% was physically inactive before their preparation period (according to the Dutch 'Fitnorm'). Their additional PA was on average 65 minutes per week during 9 weeks. Runners that increased their PA were significantly younger, trained more individually and participated less in the 10K run. No significant differences were found regarding the self-perceived health and BMI. The results show that a mass participation event can help increase PA among participants over a long period. Results could help health and sport organizations to increase PA among target groups, in particular the physically inactive.
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