Association between sporting event attendance and self-rated health: an analysis of multiyear cross-sectional national data in Japan

Yuhei Inoue, Mikihiro Sato, Makoto Nakazawa

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Abstract

Background
This study examined the extent to which sporting event attendance is associated with self-rated health. Drawing from an economic model of health production and psychological research on the health benefits of psychosocial resources, sporting event attendance was hypothesized to have a positive relationship with self-rated health.

Methods
A two-level multilevel ordered logistic regression was used to analyze multiyear cross-sectional data collected from national surveys in Japan.

Results
The results demonstrate that, controlling for the effects of personal and environmental characteristics, sporting event attendance positively correlates with self-rated health over a 12-year period. Specifically, when compared to individuals who did not attend any sporting event during the past year, those who attended a sporting event were 33% more likely to indicate a higher level of self-rated health.

Conclusions
These findings provide evidence for a positive association between sport spectatorship and the perception of general health and contribute to the literature examining the relationship between sport spectatorship and health outcomes.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number13
JournalGlobal Health Research and Policy
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Leisure
  • Well-being
  • Sport spectating
  • Spectator sport
  • Spectatorship
  • Secondary data
  • Population health

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