Sports Participation and Health Among Adults in Ireland
This report examines the impact of sports participation and health among adults in Ireland, using data from more than 3,000 Irish adults surveyed in 2003. The purpose of the report is to provide a descriptive account of levels and patterns of sport and leisure-time activity of adults in Ireland, viewed from a health perspective, and to draw implications for policy on the promotion of sport and physical exercise for public health purposes. The survey found that about 22 percent of adults in Ireland were completely inactive and that only 40 percent took part regularly enough and with enough intensity to reach minimum physical activity levels recommended by the World Health Organisation. Men were more likely to participate than women, young more than the old and higher socio-economic groups had higher levels of participation.