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Increased Physical Activity in Preparation for a Women-Only Mass Participation Sport Event: A Framework for Estimating the Health Impact

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Sports & Exercise Studies, Sports & Economics Research Centre, HAN University of Applied Sciences, 6525 AJ Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Department of Economics and Business, Groningen University, 9747 AJ Groningen, The Netherlands
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(1), 98; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17010098
Received: 4 November 2019 / Revised: 14 December 2019 / Accepted: 18 December 2019 / Published: 21 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Health Economics)
Mass participation sporting events (MPSEs) are increasing in popularity. However, little research exists into the potential value of these events for improving public health by enhancing physical activity (PA). The aim of this study is to estimate the health impact of increased physical activity as a result of preparing for an MPSE. Participants of a mass participation women-only running event were asked if they performed additional PA in preparation of the event, including the length (weeks) and intensity (min per week). Additionally, self-reported change in health status was evaluated. Based on these results, we have developed a framework for estimating the cumulatively gained quality adjusted life years (QALYs) and monetary value thereof. Of the respondents (N = 468; mean age 42.3 ± 11.9 years), 32% performed additional vigorous PA in preparation of the event, with an average of 63 min per week over 8.8 weeks. Performing additional vigorous PA significantly improved the odds of self-rated health. The estimated total health impact of participants preparing for the Marikenloop was 6.6 QALYs gained with a corresponding monetary value between EUR 133,000 and EUR 532,000. We believe our health impact framework helps to understand that MPSEs can be a notable part of the public health domain. View Full-Text
Keywords: running; vigorous physical activity; public health running; vigorous physical activity; public health
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Schoemaker, J.; van Genderen, S.; de Boer, W.I.J. Increased Physical Activity in Preparation for a Women-Only Mass Participation Sport Event: A Framework for Estimating the Health Impact. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 98. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17010098

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Schoemaker J, van Genderen S, de Boer WIJ. Increased Physical Activity in Preparation for a Women-Only Mass Participation Sport Event: A Framework for Estimating the Health Impact. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(1):98. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17010098

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Schoemaker, Jelle, Simon van Genderen, and Willem I. J. de Boer. 2020. "Increased Physical Activity in Preparation for a Women-Only Mass Participation Sport Event: A Framework for Estimating the Health Impact" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 1: 98. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17010098

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