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A longitudinal analysis of the relationship between participation in organised sport and cardiometabolic health during childhood

Grant


Scheme


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship

Abstract


  • Participation in organised sports could be important in reducing the burden of cardiometabolic diseases. This is especially relevant in Australia where over 70% of all children participate in organised sports each year. However, very little is known about the relationship between participation in organised sports and cardiometabolic health during childhood. As such, the cardiometabolic benefits of organised sports may not be fully realised. Using a large and nationally representative sample of Australian children, I will address four pertinent questions:1. Does sports participation influence cardiometabolic health, and/or does cardiometabolic health influence sports participation?2. Does sports participation influence cardiometabolic health trajectory?3. Does sports participation influence cardiometabolic health via its affects on health behaviours (physical activity, screen time, diet, sleep)?4. Does sports participation influence cardiometabolic health via its affects on psychosocial health (stress, anxiety, depression, social functioning)?This knowledge will allow researchers, administrators, and policy makers to design and implement sports programs to enhance the cardiometabolic health of over 2.5 million children each year. They may do this in part by allocating funding to the sports sector and designing sports programs in a manner that will serve to optimise the potential of youth sport as an intervention through which cardiometabolic health can be enhanced.

Date/time Interval


  • 2016 - 2018

Sponsor Award Id


  • 100947

Local Award Id


  • 120664

Scheme


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship

Abstract


  • Participation in organised sports could be important in reducing the burden of cardiometabolic diseases. This is especially relevant in Australia where over 70% of all children participate in organised sports each year. However, very little is known about the relationship between participation in organised sports and cardiometabolic health during childhood. As such, the cardiometabolic benefits of organised sports may not be fully realised. Using a large and nationally representative sample of Australian children, I will address four pertinent questions:1. Does sports participation influence cardiometabolic health, and/or does cardiometabolic health influence sports participation?2. Does sports participation influence cardiometabolic health trajectory?3. Does sports participation influence cardiometabolic health via its affects on health behaviours (physical activity, screen time, diet, sleep)?4. Does sports participation influence cardiometabolic health via its affects on psychosocial health (stress, anxiety, depression, social functioning)?This knowledge will allow researchers, administrators, and policy makers to design and implement sports programs to enhance the cardiometabolic health of over 2.5 million children each year. They may do this in part by allocating funding to the sports sector and designing sports programs in a manner that will serve to optimise the potential of youth sport as an intervention through which cardiometabolic health can be enhanced.

Date/time Interval


  • 2016 - 2018

Sponsor Award Id


  • 100947

Local Award Id


  • 120664