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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 98-99

Health risk and sports participation

Department of Physical Therapy, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Date of Submission16-Jul-2020
Date of Acceptance03-Aug-2020
Date of Web Publication21-Aug-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mohammad Ahsan
Department of Physical Therapy, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam 31451
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/sjsm.sjsm_10_20

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Ahsan M. Health risk and sports participation. Saudi J Sports Med 2019;19:98-9

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Ahsan M. Health risk and sports participation. Saudi J Sports Med [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Oct 20];19:98-9. Available from: https://www.sjosm.org/text.asp?2019/19/3/98/292942

Dear Editor,

Lifestyle disorders are significantly global public health concern. The whole world is suffering from many health complications, either they are young, old, kids, male, female, or even transgender due to inactivity. Inactivity is the main factor to develop many health risks. Health risk factors are attributes, characteristics or exposures that increase the likelihood of a person developing a disease or health disorder.

We had done cross-sectional studies to investigate the health risk in between both genders. In those articles, we are concern about the factors that increase the chances of developing a condition or disease. They include like percentage of body fat, visceral fat area, abdominal circumference, waist circumference, waist-hip ratio, waist-height ratio, and basal metabolic index. We investigated the level of anthropometric indices and their interrelationship among each other.[1],[2]

It has been indicated that there is a strong relationship between anthropometric indices and basal metabolic index. The high basal metabolic index is the appropriate measure to predict health risk. We recommended that sound preventive strategies must intervene to reduce health risk and promote a better healthy lifestyle.[1],[2]

There are many known and unknown factors that may raise or lower the chances of getting the disease. No one can change their genes but can change their behaviors that prevent from the health risk, such as daily physical activities, adequate fruit and vegetable intake, avoid smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol, and illicit drug.[3] Anyone can prevent health risk by making routine health screen tests as well and adopt preventive measures.[4]

There are significant benefits of regular physical activity with moderate intensity to prevent or eliminate the many health risk.[5] High level of physical or sports activities participation in combination with other positive lifestyle changes will affect holistic health, and it has the capacity to reduce the risk of chronic diseases and death.[6] In 2013, the World Health Assembly agreed on a set of global voluntary targets which include a 25% reduction of premature mortality from NCDs and a 10% decrease in insufficient physical activity by 2025.[7]

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