Reducing CVD risk factors for men/hard-to-reach men using English premier league soccer clubs
AffiliationLeeds Metropolitan University
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AbstractTo investigate the effect of Premier League Health (PLH), a national programme of CVD risk factor reduction/prevention for men/HTR men delivered in/by English Premier League (EPL) soccer clubs. Health interventions were delivered to males with heightened risk of CVD and not using PC services. Interventions were underpinned by physical activity (PA) (e.g. soccer/gym/walking) and delivered alongside lifestyle educational sessions (e.g. smoking/diet) led by professional health trainers employed by the clubs. Sessions took place at 16 EPL soccer clubs. Validated self-reported data for demographics and CVD risk factors were collected at pre-intervention and 12-week follow-up. Predominantly, White British men (70.4%, n=2669/3788), aged 18-44 years (80.2%, n=3032/3779) in employment (60.7%, n=1907/3143) responded. Over 85%, (n=1428/1667) presented with ≥2 simultaneous risk-factors for CVD. The majority of men (80%, n=1984/2481), did not perceive their health to be ‘at risk’. A third, (n=860/2580) ‘never’ used PC and were more likely to report 3-4 CVD risk factors when compared to those who did use PC χ2 = 4.17, p<.05). Table 1 shows level of change in CVD risk factors at pre vs. post-intervention. PLH engaged HTR men not using PC services and showed positive change in CVD profiles for participating males.
CitationPringle, A., Zwolinsky, S., McKenna, J., Daly-Smith, A., Robertson, S. and White, A., (2014). 'Reducing CVD risk factors for men/hard-to-reach men using English Premier League soccer clubs'. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 46(5), pp. 595-595.
JournalMedicine and Science in Sports and Excellence