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Exploring the interrelationship between sport, health and social outcomes in the UK: Implications for health policy

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posted on 05.05.2017, 08:36 authored by Paul DownwardPaul Downward, Kirstin Hallmann, Simona RasciuteSimona Rasciute
Background: Policy agencies are now re-visiting early aspirations that sport, as a form of physical activity, can be an instrument to foster general health and also subjective well-being (SWB). Both of these concepts capture physical and mental health states. SWB also encompasses broader psychological and life satisfaction as well as mood and affect. Past and current policies also identify a link between sport, social capital and SWB. Methods: Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) is undertaken on data from the UK’s Taking Part survey to investigate the interrelationships between sport, general health, social capital and SWB. Results: The SEM shows a simultaneous relationship between sport and SWB. The effect is mediated through general health. The results also show that there is no relationship between social capital and sport but a clear relationship between SWB and social capital. Conclusions: From a health policy perspective there should be an emphasis on encouraging greater sport participation, despite the difficulties that this poses, because there is a potential ‘multiplier’ effect on SWB and on general health through mediation. The multiplier effect occurs because once someone engages in sport and has their general health and SWB enhanced, then even further sport participation becomes likely, and subsequent general health and SWB, which would comprise both physical and mental health benefits. To target traditional non participants the research suggests that physical activity should be promoted for enjoyment, with health benefits subsequently following.

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School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

European Journal of Public Health

Volume

28

Issue

1

Pages

99-104

Citation

DOWNWARD, P.M., HALLMANN, K. and RASCIUTE, S., 2018. Exploring the interrelationship between sport, health and social outcomes in the UK: Implications for health policy. European Journal of Public Health, 28(1), pp. 99-104.

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© The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Public Health Association.

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

25/04/2017

Publication date

2017-05-16

Copyright date

2018

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This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in European Journal of Public Health following peer review. The version of record DOWNWARD, P.M., HALLMANN, K. and RASCIUTE, S., 2018. Exploring the interrelationship between sport, health and social outcomes in the UK: Implications for health policy. European Journal of Public Health, 28(1), pp.99-104 is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckx063.

ISSN

1101-1262

eISSN

1464-360X

Language

en