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

Eime, Rochelle M., Harvey, Jack T., Brown, Wendy J. and Payne, Warren R. (2010) Does sports club participation contribute to health-related quality of life?. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 42 5: 1022-1028. doi:10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181c3adaa

Author Eime, Rochelle M.
Harvey, Jack T.
Brown, Wendy J.
Payne, Warren R.
Title Does sports club participation contribute to health-related quality of life?
Journal name Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0195-9131
Publication date 2010-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181c3adaa
Volume 42
Issue 5
Start page 1022
End page 1028
Total pages 7
Editor Andrew J. Young
Place of publication Maryland, MO, U.S.A.
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted 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.
Copyright © 2010 by the American College of Sports Medicine
Keyword Sports
Physical health
Mental health
Physical activity
Australian women
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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