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Improved body mass index classification for football code masters athletes: a comparison to the Australian national population

Walsh, Joe, Climstein, Mike, Heazlewood, Ian Timothy, Burke, Stephen, Kettunen, Jyrki, Adams, Kent and DeBeliso, Mark (2011). Improved body mass index classification for football code masters athletes: a comparison to the Australian national population. International Journal of Biological and Medical Sciences,1(1):37-40.

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Title Improved body mass index classification for football code masters athletes: a comparison to the Australian national population
Author Walsh, Joe
Climstein, Mike
Heazlewood, Ian Timothy
Burke, Stephen
Kettunen, Jyrki
Adams, Kent
DeBeliso, Mark
Journal Name International Journal of Biological and Medical Sciences
Publication Date 2011
Volume Number 1
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1307-7457   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-80052156160
Start Page 37
End Page 40
Total Pages 4
Place of Publication Turkey
Publisher World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (W A S E T)
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Thousands of masters athletes participate quadrennially in the World Masters Games (WMG), yet this cohort of athletes remains proportionately under-investigated. Due to a growing global obesity pandemic in context of benefits of physical
activity across the lifespan, the prevalence of obesity in this unique population was of particular interest. Data gathered on a sub-sample of 535 football code athletes, aged 31-72 yrs ( =47.4, s =±7.1), competing at the Sydney World Masters Games (2009) demonstrated a significantly (p<0.001), reduced classification of obesity using Body Mass Index (BMI) when compared to data on the Australian national population. This evidence of improved classification in one index of health (BMI<30) implies there are either improved levels of this index of health due to adherence to sport or possibly the reduced BMI is advantageous and contributes to this cohort adhering (or being attracted) to masters sport. Given the worldwide focus on the obesity epidemic and the need for a multi-faceted solution to this problem, demonstration of these middle to older aged adults having improved BMI over the general population is of particular interest.
Keywords BMI
masters athlete
rugby union
soccer
touch football
 
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