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Psychosocial factors and susceptibility to the common cold in distance runners

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dc.contributor.advisor Papaikonomou M, Dr en
dc.contributor.author Struwig GA en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T11:54:33Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T11:54:33Z
dc.date.created 2002 en
dc.date.submitted 2005 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/142066
dc.description.abstract This study investigated the relationship between specific psychosocial factors and susceptibility to the common cold in a sample of 124 distance runners. A cross-sectional survey design was used to assess the role of life events, coping, hardiness, training workload and competition frequency in the athlete's risk of infection. Using correlational statistical techniques, it was found that the magnitude of recent life changes and the avoidance coping strategy of denial were positively related to self-reported symptoms of the common cold. Furthermore, a significant inverse correlation was observed between hardiness and symptom duration scores. However, approach coping, training workload and competition frequency were not significantly related to the dependent measures. The results of this study suggest that certain stress-related psychosocial factors are associated with susceptibility to the common cold in distance runners. Several strategies for the prevention and treatment of upper respiratory tract infections in this group are implied by these findings. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.subject Sports psychology en
dc.title Psychosocial factors and susceptibility to the common cold in distance runners en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MA en


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