Exercise addiction in spanish athletes: investigation of the roles of gender, social context and level of involvelment

Szabo, Attila and Vega Marcos, Ricardo de la and Ruiz Barquín, Roberto and Rivera Rodriguez, Oswaldo (2013). Exercise addiction in spanish athletes: investigation of the roles of gender, social context and level of involvelment. "Journal of Behavioral Addictions", v. 2 (n. 4); pp. 249-252. ISSN 2062-5871. https://doi.org/10.1556/JBA.2.2013.4.9.

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Title: Exercise addiction in spanish athletes: investigation of the roles of gender, social context and level of involvelment
Author/s:
  • Szabo, Attila
  • Vega Marcos, Ricardo de la
  • Ruiz Barquín, Roberto
  • Rivera Rodriguez, Oswaldo
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
Date: 2013
Volume: 2
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: exercise dependence, exercise volume, individual, group, prevalence, sport
Faculty: Facultad de Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte (INEF) (UPM)
Department: Deportes
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

In nomothetic research exercise addiction is studied on the basis of symptoms which are most often linked to exercise volume. However, other factors may also affect individuals’ susceptibility to the disorder. The aim of this research was to examine the influence of gender, social context (team or individual sport), and level of athletic training on symptoms of exercise addiction. Methods: Two groups of university athletes – sport- (n = 57) and non-sport orientation (n = 90) – and a group of elite ultra-marathon runners (n = 95) completed the Exercise Addiction Inventory (EAI). The psychometric properties of the Spanish EAI were determined. Results: EAI scores were higher in men than women (p = .018). Participants in team sports reported higher EAI scores than individual athletes (p = .005). Elite runners scored higher on the EAI than university athletes (p = .005), but their scores were unrelated to the volume of training. The prevalence of “at risk” for exercise addiction was 7%–10% in university athletes and 17% among the ultra-marathon runners. The Spanish EAI showed good psychometric properties. Discussion: The results of the current inquiry show that several factors – including gender, level of athletic training, and social context of the training – affect exercise addiction and, in line with the literature, the volume of exercise did not emerge as an index of susceptibility to exercise addiction.

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Item ID: 46832
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/46832/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:46832
DOI: 10.1556/JBA.2.2013.4.9
Official URL: http://akademiai.com/doi/abs/10.1556/JBA.2.2013.4.9
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 18 Oct 2017 08:42
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 08:42
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