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Obesity prevalence for athletes participating in soccer at the World Masters Games

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Article

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Walsh, J, Climstein, M, Burke, S, Kettunen, J, Heazlewod, IT, DeBeliso, M & Adams, K 2012, 'Obesity prevalence for athletes participating in soccer at the World Masters Games', International SportMed Journal, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 76-84.

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Abstract


Abstract: Thousands of masters athletes participate quadrennially in the World Masters Games (WMG). However, this unique cohort remains under-investigated. With a need for multifaceted solutions to the global obesity epidemic, investigating special populations such as those competing in sport at older ages may further understanding of the nexus between aging, physical activity and obesity.

Thousands of masters athletes participate quadrennially in the World Masters Games (WMG). However, this unique cohort remains under-investigated. With a need for multifaceted solutions to the global obesity epidemic, investigating special populations such as those competing in sport at older ages may further understanding of the nexus between aging, physical activity and obesity.

Methods: 592 (44.3% male, 55.7% female) WMG soccer players aged 29-66yrs (mean 47.6, SD ± 6.9) were investigated via an online survey and compared to national populations, primarily a representative sample (n=9,501) of the Australian population (aged 30-65yrs).

Results: Analysis demonstrated a significantly (p

Conclusions: This study indicated that one key index of health, namely obesity, was on average far lower in WMG soccer players compared to a representative sample of population controls. This finding may indicate a lower risk for many diseases, such as type 2 diabetes or heart diseases, in masters soccer players.

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