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Body Mass Index for Australian Athletes Participating in Rugby Union, Soccer and Touch Football at the World Masters Games

Walsh, Jo, Climstein, Mike, Heazlewood, Ian Timothy, Burke, Stephen, Kettunen, Jyrki, Adams, Kent and DeBeliso, Mark (2011). Body Mass Index for Australian Athletes Participating in Rugby Union, Soccer and Touch Football at the World Masters Games. World Academy of Science Engineering and Technology,5(5):1938-1945.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID CDU0002xPUB90
Title Body Mass Index for Australian Athletes Participating in Rugby Union, Soccer and Touch Football at the World Masters Games
Author Walsh, Jo
Climstein, Mike
Heazlewood, Ian Timothy
Burke, Stephen
Kettunen, Jyrki
Adams, Kent
DeBeliso, Mark
Journal Name World Academy of Science Engineering and Technology
Publication Date 2011
Volume Number 5
Issue Number 5
ISSN 2010-376X   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 1938
End Page 1945
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (W A S E T)
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Whilst there is growing evidence that activity across the lifespan is beneficial for improved health, there are also many changes involved with the aging process and subsequently the potential for reduced indices of health. Data gathered on a subsample 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 the general Australian population. This evidence of improved classification in one index of health (BMI < 30) for master athletes (when compared to the general population) 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. Demonstration of this proportionately under-investigated World Masters Games population having improved health over the general population is of particular interest.
Keywords BMI
masters athlete
rugby union
soccer
touch football
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