Participation in organized sports is positively associated with employment in adults with spinal cord injury

Cheri Blauwet, Supreetha Sudhakar, Ashley L. Doherty, Eric Garshick, Ross Zafonte, Leslie R. Morse

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the association between participation in organized sports programs and employment in adults with chronic spinal cord injury. DESIGN: This is a cross-sectional study of 149 adults with chronic spinal cord injury. Motor level and completeness of injury were confirmed by physical examination. Information related to demographics, employment, level of education, body mass index, duration of injury, participation in individually planned exercise, and participation in organized sports was obtained using a standardized questionnaire. Multivariable logistic regression analyses were used to assess factors associated with employment. RESULTS: In univariate analyses, employment was associated with younger age (P = 0.001) and a higher level of education (P = 0.01), whereas obesity decreased the likelihood of employment (P = 0.04). Participation in organized sports approached significance (P = 0.06). In the multivariable analysis and after adjusting for age, education, and body mass index, participation in organized sports was significantly associated with employment (odds ratio, 2.4; P = 0.04). Sex, duration of injury, wheelchair use, and participation in individually planned exercise were not significantly associated with employment (P = 0.16-0.94). CONCLUSIONS: In the adults with chronic spinal cord injury, participation in organized sports was positively associated with employment. Further studies are necessary to determine the causative nature of this association and how various factors related to sports participation may contribute.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-401
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume92
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Employment
  • Exercise
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Sports

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