Health behaviours of past Australian Football League players: Comparison with the general population.
The study investigated a number of current health behaviours among past AFL players and compares them with the general population.
Michael is a health promotion researcher with a focus on program evaluation, physical activity and young people.Full profile
Renee currently works in health promotion evaluation and has specific interests in health sponsorship, public health advocacy, physical activity and nutrition research.Full profile
Australian Rules Football (ARF) is a physically demanding game, with the average pace of the game increasing. Players are required to exhibit highly developed fitness attributes, including endurance, speed and upper and lower body strength to cope with the extreme physical demands that the game places on the body. To achieve these high levels of performance, athletes are provided with expert health and fitness guidance throughout their professional career, especially regarding optimal dietary strategies to enhance athletic performance. Promoting a healthy lifestyle has not always been a prominent part of ARF and players from previous eras were not always provided with professional health support. There is little known about how past player health behaviours track following their retirement from the elite level of the game.
Rosenberg M, Mills C, & Ferguson R. (2008) The Effect of Daylight Saving on Perceptions of Physical Activity. Perth, Western Australia: Western Australian Government.
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