Symptom-based depression tendency in athletes and non-sports practitioners
Keywords:Physical Inactivity, Body Image, Depression
The practice of physical exercises is known to be able to protect individuals against depression. The present study aimed to investigate the tendency to depression based on symptoms in athletes and non-sports practitioners. The research of exploratory, descriptive, analytical, transversal and quantitative character, developed in Sergipe, was carried out between the months of April and July of the year 2018. The athletes were sought in clubs in the city of Aracaju and the metropolitan region. The variables analyzed were: sex, age, time of competitive activity, level of competition, receiving financial aid, type of sport and weekly training time. The result of the Beck Depression Inventory among sub-elite and non-practising athletes showed a lower prevalence of depression symptoms among athletes [U=314, p<0.001]. =19,765, p<0.001], adolescents [F(1.7)=11,598, p=0.011] and young adults [F(1.72)=24,030, p<0.001]. Athletes of team sports showed to be less vulnerable than individual athletes and non-practitioners, as well as the athlete's condition showed to be associated and correlated with the tendency to depression based on symptoms
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