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Sports participation as an investment in (subjective) health: a time series analysis of the life course

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posted on 13.11.2015, 14:17 authored by Paul DownwardPaul Downward, Peter Dawson, Terence Mills
Background The causal relationship between sports participation, as physical activity, and subjective health is examined accounting for the London 2012 Olympic Games, which it was hoped would ‘inspire a generation’ by contributing to public health. Improvements to weaknesses in the literature are offered. First, stronger causal claims about the relationship between sports participation and health and second, the actual minutes and intensity of different measures of participation are used. Methods The rolling monthly survey design of the annually reported Taking Part Survey (TPS) is used to create time series data. This is analysed using a time series modelling strategy. Results Increases in the level of subjective health requires accelerating sport participation, but no effect from the 2012 Olympics is revealed. Reductions in the level of health are brought about by increases in sports participation in early adulthood, although this gets reversed in middle age. However, a reduction in health re-emerges for older males compared with females. Conclusions For the population as a whole, sport can contribute to health, with diminishing impact, but impacts vary across the life course and genders. Policy accounting for these variations is necessary. Policy aspirations that London 2012 would produce health benefits from increased sports participation are misplaced.

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School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Public Health

Volume

38

Issue

4

Pages

e504-510

Citation

DOWNWARD, P., DAWSON, P. and MILLS, T.C., 2016. Sports participation as an investment in (subjective) health: a time series analysis of the life course. Journal of Public Health, 38(4) pp. e504-510.

Publisher

© The Author. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Faculty of Public Health

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

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/

Publication date

2015-11-12

Copyright date

2016

Notes

This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Public Health following peer review. The version of record DOWNWARD, P., DAWSON, P. and MILLS, T.C., 2015. Sports participation as an investment in (subjective) health: a time series analysis of the life course. Journal of Public Health, doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdv164 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdv164.

ISSN

1741-3850

Language

en