Mortality, morbidity and health habits of former elite athletes

  • Sarna, Seppo (Participant)
  • Kaprio, Jaakko (Participant)
  • Koskenvuo, Markku (Participant)
  • Kujala, Urho (Participant)
  • Eriksson, Johan (Participant)
  • Bäckmand, Heli (Participant)
  • Peltonen, Markku (Participant)
  • Heinonen, Olli J. (Participant)
  • Kettunen, Jyrki (Participant)
  • Jula, Antti (Participant)
  • Räty, Heli (Participant)

Project Details

Description

The main target of the project is to clarify the long term effects of physical exercise on health and well-being. The basic data file of the project contains ca. 4500 former Finnish male elite athletes and their referents. By the end of the year 2006, in all 40 original articles in peer reviewed journals has been published and many scientific presentations during the last decade in different congresses have been held.

Following topics have been investigated: life-expectancy occupational disability, lifestyles, food and exercise habits, knee osteoarthritis, back related symptoms, spine pathology, diabetes, ischemic heart disease, hypertension, asthma, hospital care, etc. Many sub-studies are still going on, e.g. hip-fracture study based on hospital records. Large epidemiological and clinical research program was carried out in the year 2008 in collaboration with National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Sports & Exercise Medicine Department of Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Paavo Nurmi Centre and ORTON Research Institute, Invalid Foundation. The aim of this project is to clarify the health status, health habits and functional ability of aging former elite athletes in comparison with their referents.

StatusActive
Effective start/end date01/01/1995 → …

Fields of Science

  • 314 Health sciences
  • health habits
  • elite athletes
  • well-being
  • 315 Sport and fitness sciences
  • sports exercise
  • physical activity
  • 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
  • mortality
  • morbidity
  • health habits
  • athletes

Research Output

  • 23 Article
  • 5 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis

All-cause and disease-specific mortality among male, former elite athletes: an average 50-year follow-up

Kettunen, J. A., Kujala, U. M., Kaprio, J., Backmand, H., Peltonen, M., Eriksson, J. G. & Sarna, S., Jul 2015, In : British Journal of Sports Medicine. 49, 13, p. 893-897 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Effect of Intensive Exercise in Early Adult Life on Telomere Length in Later Life in Men

Laine, M. K., Eriksson, J. G., Kujala, U. M., Raj, R., Kaprio, J., Bäckmand, H. M., Peltonen, M. & Sarna, S., Jun 2015, In : Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. 14, 2, p. 239-245 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Former male elite athletes and risk of hypertension in later life

Laine, M. K., Kujala, U. M., Eriksson, J. G., Wasenius, N. S., Kaprio, J., Bäckmand, H. M., Peltonen, M., Heinonen, O., Jula, A. & Sarna, S., Aug 2015, In : Journal of Hypertension. 33, 8, p. 1549-1554 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Activities

  • 2 Supervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Supervisor, doctoral thesis: Heli Bäckmand

Seppo Sarna (Supervisor)

20002006

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Supervisor, doctoral thesis: Katja Borodulin

Seppo Sarna (Supervisor)

19982006

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis