An observational study of spectators’ step counts and reasons for attending a professional golf tournament in Scotland
ISPAH ePoster Library. Archibald D. Oct 16, 2018; 225425; 316
Dr. Daryll Archibald
Dr. Daryll Archibald
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Abstract Introduction Spectators at several hundred golf tournaments on six continents worldwide may gain health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) when attending an event. This study investigated spectators’ reasons for attending and assessed spectator physical activity (PA) (measured by step count).Methods Spectators at the Paul Lawrie Matchplay event in Scotland were asked to complete a questionnaire with items assessing (1) demographics, (2) reasons for attendance and (3) baseline PA. In addition, participants were requested to wear a pedometer from time of entry to the venue until exit.Results A total of 339 spectators were recruited, out of which 329 (97.2%) returned step-count data. Spectators took a mean of 11 589 steps (SD 4531). ‘Fresh air’ (rated median 9 out of 10) then ‘watching star players’, ‘exercise/physical activity’, ‘time with friends and family’ and ‘atmosphere’ (all median 8 out of 10) were rated the most important reasons for attending.Conclusion This study is the first to assess spectator PA while watching golf (measured by step count). Obtaining exercise/PA is rated as an important reason for attending a tournament by many golf spectators. Spectating at a golf tournament can provide HEPA. 82.9% of spectators achieved the recommended daily step count while spectating. Further research assessing whether spectating may constitute a ‘teachable moment’, for increasing physical activity beyond the tournament itself, is merited. The study findings have prompted major golf events such as the Ryder Cup and Open Championship to plan programmes focusing on spectator PA. External funding details This work was supported by the World Golf Foundation.
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