Vigorous Physical Activity and Fall Occurrence
The purpose of this study was to examine whether vigorous physical activity, defined as sports, heavy housework, or a job that involves physical labor, is associated with falls, falls with a serious injury, broken hip, and fall frequency. This study uses the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) database survey developed by the University of Michigan to examine the relationship of key attribute variables (in addition to vigorous physical activity) associated with falls. The sample consisted of 11,226 older Americans age 65 to 106. A Logit and Tobit regression analysis indicated that vigorous physical activity is negatively associated with falls and falls with a serious injury, broken hip, and fall frequency. Although the study does not differentiate which component of vigorous physical activity (i.e., sports, heavy housework, or a job that involves physical labor) it does indicate that those who participate in these activities are less likely to be associated with fall-related consequences. © 2002 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.
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