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The sports that could save your life

Racquet sports, swimming, aerobics and cycling offer life-saving benefits compared to other sports like running and football, according to new research led by the University of Sydney.

The study examined more than 80,000 adults with an average age of 52 to investigate the link between six different sport/exercise disciplines and death.

The study showed the risk of death from any cause, and the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, was lowest amongst those who played racquet sports such as tennis, squash or badminton.

In fact, those who played these sports had a 56 per cent lower cardiovascular risk. The next ranked sports were swimming, aerobics and then cycling – ahead of running and football.

“Participation in specific sports may have various benefits for health,” said senior author Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis from the Charles Perkins Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences and School of Public Health at the University of Sydney.

“Our findings indicate that it’s not only how much and how often, but also what type of exercise you do that seems to make the difference.”

The study was a large-scale collaboration between University of Sydney, University of Oxford, UKK Institute (Finland), University of Edinburgh, and four other international universities.

How does your sport rank? Find out more here. Story credit: University of Sydney newsroom

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