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J Occup Environ Med. 2010 Dec;52(12):1154-9. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181fe68bf.

Sustained involvement in youth sports activities predicts reduced chronic job strain in early midlife.

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  • 1LIKES Research Center for Sport and Health Sciences, Jyväskylä, Finland. xiaolin.yang@likes.fi

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We examined the long-term effects of youth leisure time physical activity (LTPA) and sports participation on the prevalence of chronic work stress in adulthood.

METHODS:

Participants (326 men and 338 women) aged 9 to 18 years were initially enrolled in 1980 and followed until 2007. Data were collected using questionnaires and bicycle ergometry in a subgroup.

RESULTS:

High youth LTPA and sports participation predicted lower chronic job strain in both sexes. The association was mediated by type A leadership. Participation and persistence in organized youth sports followed a similar pattern. In the subgroup, adult physical fitness only partly accounted for the association.

CONCLUSIONS:

Sustained involvement in youth physical activity and sport lasting at least 3 years is associated with reduced chronic job strain in adulthood. The association was partially explained by type A leadership and physical fitness.

PMID:
21124249
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181fe68bf
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