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|Longitudinal Study:||LSAC||Title:||Sports Participation and Parent-Reported Health-Related Quality of Life in Children: Longitudinal Associations||Authors:||Vella, Stewart A||Publication Date:||28-Mar-2014||Pages:||6||Keywords:||sport
quality of life
|Abstract:||Objective: To investigate the longitudinal association between sports participation and parent-reported health-related quality of life in children. Study Design: Cohort study using data drawn from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children in waves 3 (2008) and 4 (2010). Participants were a nationally representative sample of 4,042 Australian children aged 8.25 (SD = 0.44) years at baseline, and followed up 24 months later. Results: After adjusting for multiple covariates, children who maintained participation in sport between the ages of 8 and 10 years had higher parent-reported health-related quality of life at age 10 (Eta2 = .02) compared with: children who did not participate in sport (p = <.001); children who commenced participation after 8 years of age (p = .004); and, children who dropped out of sports prior to 10 years of age (p = .04). Children who participated in both team and individual sports (p = .02) or team sports alone (p = .04) had greater health-related quality of life compared to children who participated in individual sports alone (Eta2 = .01). The benefits of sports participation were strongest for girls (p < .05; Eta2 = .003). Conclusions: Children’s participation in developmentally-appropriate team sports helps to protect health-related quality of life and should be encouraged at an early age and maintained for as long as possible. This is particularly important for girls. The benefits are significant at a population level.||URL:||http://www.jpeds.com/webfiles/images/journals/ympd/PR-Vella.pdf||Keywords:||Child Development -- Physical; Child Development -- Emotional; Satisfaction -- Life; Children -- School age; Child Development -- Social||Research collection:||Journal Articles|
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