UW Health is conducting follow-up study on teens

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking teenage athletes to participate in a study titled “The Impact of Restarting High School Sports on The Health of Adolescent Athletes.”

The study’s objective is to document the effects that participation in organized sports has on the physical activity, quality of life and mental health of adolescent athletes during the Covid-19 pandemic. A UW study last year showed the cancellation of spring sports and lack of physical activity among teens contributed adversely to their quality of life and mental health. Moderate to severe depression symptoms were at 33.4% in May compared to 9.7% over the last five years among 5,000 athletes, the study showed.

The UW health research team is seeking student-athletes to survey one year later to evaluate the impacts of restarting sport participation. It also wants to include athletes who have and have not been able to restart participation in order to directly evaluate the impacts of sports for adolescents.

High school athletes and adolescent club sport athletes between 13 and 18 years old are asked to access and complete a short, anonymous, online survey.

Participating athletes are asked to receive permission from their parents, after which the survey asks a series of questions regarding current and former sport participation, level of physical activity, anxiety, depression and health related quality of life.   

The research project has been approved by the UW Institutional Review Board and is funded by a grant from the National Federation of High School Associations.

The survey is at: uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_a5EPmtGzgpoGokJ.

The researchers’ goal is to acquire as many responses as possible from teens across the country within the next 30 days.



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