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Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2010 May;42(5):1022-8. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181c3adaa.

Does sports club participation contribute to health-related quality of life?

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  • 1School of Human Movement and Sport Sciences, University of Ballarat, Ballarat, Australia.

Abstract

Given the social nature of participation in sport, we hypothesized that club sports participants would have greater well-being and quality of life than participants in other forms of physical activity (PA).

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study was to examine health-related quality of life and life satisfaction in women who participate in three contrasting forms of PA: club sport, gym activities, and walking.

METHODS:

This was a cross-sectional study of the relationship between type of PA setting and measures of health-related quality of life (Short-Form Health Survey [SF-36]) and life satisfaction in 818 women living in rural Victoria, Australia, in 2007. Data were also compared with those from a normative sample of 2345 women.

RESULTS:

After adjustment for potential confounders (age, education, marital status, children aged <16 yr, perceived financial stress, and level of recreational PA), four of the eight SF-36 subscales, the SF-36 mental health component summary score, and life satisfaction were significantly higher in the club sport group than that in the other groups.

CONCLUSION:

Although cross-sectional research cannot establish causal links, the results suggest that participation in club sport may enhance the health benefits of PA.

PMID:
19996991
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