Health  Vol.8 No.1 , January 2016
Health, Physical Activity and the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games: Legacy or Fallacy?
Abstract: It is generally expected that the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will bring health and social benefits to their host city and to Brazil. This assumption comes from “common sense”, as a logical conclusion arising from the fact that host cities “inspire” and stimulate life changes. Benefits are also expected on tourism, self-image, architecture and the economy of the country as a whole. But are these expectations real and evidence-based? What parts of these “facts” are concrete and which ones are not? This paper suggests available ways of quantifying positive effects of hosting an Olympic Game, and puts the focus of this approach on the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games and their true legacy, seeking scientific certainties.
Cite this paper: Bizarro, V. , Lucchese, T. , Breis, A. , Rucker, K. , Fernandes, M. , Paletti, M. , de Jesus, A. , Pereira, R. , Rocha, D. and Arbex, A. (2016) Health, Physical Activity and the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games: Legacy or Fallacy?. Health, 8, 9-17. doi: 10.4236/health.2016.81002.

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