Thursday, March 06, 2014

College athletes can pay big time in later life

An Indiana Univ study, done in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, shows that compared with non-athletes, those who participate in sports in college experience more severe injuries--but also have more long-term effects interfering with later life.

Former elite athletes also scored worse on depression, fatigue, and sleep scales.

The researchers concluded that Div I athletes may sacrifice their future health-related quality of life for a short career in college.

This is based on questionnaires completed by 232 male and female former Div I athletes and 225 male and female non-collegiate athletes. These were also compared to a similar chunk of the general population, which also seemed to do better in later life.

---Former Div I athletes were twice as likely as non-athletes to report activity limitations in daily activities and exercise.

---67% of the athletes reported a major injury and 50% had chronic injuries--this was 28% and 26% for non-athletes.

--A third of non-athletes had performed with an injury--this was 70% for college athletes.

Since Div I sports are not really found throughout life, the researchers advised, it's important for athletes ti find appropriate activities to stay active.

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