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Table 2 Health and life style characteristics of the study population related to the yearly skiing frequency

From: Life-style characteristics and cardiovascular risk factors in regular downhill skiers: an observational study

Variable Skiing frequency (days/year) P-Value
  1-10 11-20 > 20  
  n = 179 n = 293 n = 787  
Age; years (mean; SD) 55.0; 14.9 55.2; 15.0 55.1; 15.3 0.92
Body mass index (> 25.0; %) 76; 42 119; 41 299; 38 0.47
Health state; moderate or bad (n; %) 51; 28 61; 21 112; 14 < 0.001 a
Smoker (n; %) 21; 12 26; 9 70; 9 0.48
Alcohol intake; regularly or occasionally (n; %) 94; 53 155; 53 364; 46 0.08
Unhealthy nutrition (n; %) 89; 50 122; 42 293; 37 < 0.01 a
Hypercholesterolemia (n; %) 77; 43 110; 38 236; 30 < 0.01 a
Systemic hypertension (n; %) 54; 30 70; 24 162; 21 < 0.01 a
Diabetes (n; %) 15; 8 16; 5 26; 3 < 0.01 a
Pain frequency; regularly or occasionally (n; %) 163; 91 262; 89 719; 91 0.61
Frequent mental stress (n; %) 106; 59 168; 57 396; 50 0.03 a
Memory deficits (n; %) 21; 12 24; 8 38; 5 < 0.01 a
Aerobic exercise (< 3 hours/week) (n; %) 104; 58 179; 58 342; 43 < 0.001 a
  1. Data are means (age) or frequencies and proportions (all other variables). P-values have been calculated by ANOVA (age) and Chi-squared test for analysis of frequencies.
  2. aMeans P < 0.05 for trend (Cochran Armitage trend test).