Thursday, March 06, 2014
College athletes can pay big time in 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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