Research Impact: Research impact: there is a consensus among physical activity researchers that participation in sport and active recreation can contribute to health enhancing physical activity.
Both socio-ecological models and systems-based approaches, which are increasingly common in research literature, exhort PA researchers to consider multiple levels of influence in the effort to promote physical activity, including policy level factors. This research contributes to our understanding of how to promote physical activity, as part of a holistic multilevel approach, by asking the question: which sport related policy actions have demonstrated impact in advancing sport and PA participation in the general population?
The findings of this review support some tentative recommendations concerning the availability of sport facilities, financial incentives, support for sport clubs and hard to reach group. It is recommended that further studies, utilising designs that analyse the circumstances in which policy actions are effective, are conducted.
Kevin Volf, Liam Kelly, Enrique García Bengoechea, Bláthín Casey, Peter Gelius, Sven Messing, Sarah Forberger, Jeroen Lakerveld, Nicolette R Den Braver, Joanna Zukowska & Catherine Woods (2022): Evidence of the impact of sport policies on physical activity and sport participation: a systematic mixed studies review, International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, DOI: 10.1080/19406940.2022.2127835
Kevin Volf is a research postgraduate student in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences in the University of Limerick.