Tennis and Other Racket Sports Linked to Longer Life

January 17, 2017 in STSMPT

A recent study shows that people who play racket sports, such as tennis, badminton, and squash, live longer than their non-playing counterparts. The study examined physical activity data from more than 80,000 participants with average age of 52. The participants were divided into groups based on the sport(s) that they engaged in (cycling, swimming, racket sports, or aerobics), and their survival rate was monitored.


While all of those who were physically active lowered their risk of dying from all causes, racket sport players fared the best. They lowered their risk by 47 percent, followed by swimming and aerobics at 28 percent and 27 percent less risk, respectively.


This study adds to the body of evidence that participating in sports and exercise can lead to longer, healthier life. If you have snags, nags, or concern over aggravating a condition that are holding you back from participating in the activities you enjoy, give us a call. We may have the plan that can get your joints and muscles performing well again and that can put you back in action.


Source: Oja P, Kelly P, Pedisic Z, et al. Associations of specific types of sports and exercise with all-cause and cardiovascular-disease mortality: a cohort study of 80 306 British adults. Br J Sports Med doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-096822.

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