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A systematic review of the evidence base for developing a physical activity and health legacy from the London 2012 olympic and paraolympic games

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There have been one or two previous attempts to review the way in which (or indeed, whether) major sports events contribute to the development of physical activity and sport participation, or to the promotion of positive health behaviours. Such reviews have either been discussion pieces (e.g. Coalter, 2007), or have been policy briefings (e.g. London East Research Institute, 2007) or reviews (e.g. Brown and Massey, 2001) that have examined physical activity, sport and health outcomes alongside other impacts of major sports events.

This review is different in two ways:

1. It is a clear and replicable systematic review of the worldwide literature that has used an international expert panel to help identify relevant literature from around the world. It also focuses on both outcomes and processes in seeking to assemble the ‘best evidence’ to inform policy and strategy.

    2. The focus of this review is clearly on the Olympic Games, sports events and sports franchises. Given the general sparsity of directly relevant research evidence in this area, previous reviews have sought to apply knowledge and principles from the general physical activity, sport and health promotion and development literature to the development of physical activity, sport and health from major sports events. Our approach has been different. Where directly relevant evidence has been lacking, we have sought to assemble evidence about the processes by which the Olympic Games, sports events and sports franchises have been used to affect behaviours across a range of sectors, and to apply this to the development of physical activity, sport and health. We feel this approach maintains a clear focus on the potential of events to impact upon behaviours.

  

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 editors comments   

Editor's comments - [ This systematic review attempts to set out the lessons learned from the available international evidence regarding Olympic games legacy in the context of the health and physical activity agenda.

For anyone who is involved in legacy planning at local, regional or national level in the run-up to the 2012 Games, the authors hope this report will stimulate discussion, aid decision making, generate ideas and positively challenge partnerships at all levels to maximise the opportunities of such a mega event. ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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Reference : Weed, M. Coren, E. Fiore, J. (2009). A systematic review of the evidence base for developing a physical activity and health legacy from the London 2012 olympic and paraolympic games.London: DoH.

 

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