Youth sport participation, injury history, and current physical activity among young adults

Noah Gadd, Johanna M. Hoch, Chloe McKay, Jennifer Tinsley, Deirdre Dlugonski

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the interaction between high school (HS) sports participation and injury history with current moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) among young adults. Participants: Participants (N = 236) were 18–25 years old, not currently injured, and reported no physical activity limitations. Methods: Participants completed online demographic, injury history, and physical activity surveys. A two-way analysis of covariance was used to test the interaction between HS athlete status and previous injury severity on current self-reported MVPA. Results: Participants were 22.2 ± 2.1 years, primarily White (81.8%) or Asian (6.4%), and female (77.5%). After including body mass index and race as covariates, there was a statistically significant interaction between HS athlete status and previous injury history such that current MVPA was higher among former HS athletes compared to HS recreational/nonathletes when individuals reported no injuries or mild injury severity. MVPA was similar across athlete status groups when participants reported high levels of injury severity. Conclusions: Future studies should examine whether young adults who have experienced multiple and/or severe injuries as competitive HS athletes have unique physical activity barriers.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of American College Health
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

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Keywords

  • Injury frequency
  • injury severity
  • moderate-to-vigorous physical activity
  • youth athletes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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