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Does sports club participation contribute to health-related quality of life?

Sport Public health Women Physical activity Sports participation Victoria

Given the social nature of participation in sport, we hypothesized that club sports participants would have greater well-being and quality of life than participants in other forms of physical activity (PA).

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine health-related quality of life and life satisfaction in womenwho participate in three contrasting forms of PA: club sport, gym activities, and walking.

Methods: This was a cross-sectional study of the relationship between type of PA setting and measures of health-related quality of life (Short-Form Health Survey [SF-36]) and life satisfaction in 818 women living in rural Victoria, Australia, in 2007. Data were also compared with those from a normative sample of 2345 women.

Results: After adjustment for potential confounders (age, education, marital status, children aged

Conclusion: Although cross-sectional research cannot establish causal links, the results suggest that participation in club sport may enhance the health benefits of PA.

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