Title

Body mass index for athletes participating in swimming at the World Masters' Games

Date of this Version

4-2013

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Walsh, J., Climstein, M., Heazlewood, I.T., Kettunen, J ., Burke, S., Debeliso, M., & Adams, K. (2013). Body mass index for athletes participating in swimming at the World Masters' Games. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 53(2), 162-8.

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2013 HERDC Submission. FoR code: 110602;110604

ISSN

0022-4707

Abstract

Aim: Whilst there is growing evidence that physical activity across the lifespan is beneficial for improved health, there are many physiological changes involved with the aging process and subsequently the potential for reduced indices of health. The experimental aim was to gain improved understanding of the nexus between health, physical activity and aging by testing the hypothesis that prevalence of obesity (BMI ≥30 kg/m2) in the World Masters Games swimming cohort would be less than adult national populations. Methods: Body mass index (BMI) of 527 (49.7% male, 50.3% female) World Masters Games (WMG) swimmers aged 25-91 yrs (mean 54.3, standard deviation ±12.2) was investigated using a survey tool. Results: Analysis demonstrated significantly (χ2=44.9, P

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