Racquet sports help you live longer!

Great review of a study about all-cause mortality by Mick Hughes! 🙂
Racquet sports significantly reduce the risk of all-cause mortality.

Mick Hughes is the head Physiotherapist of the Collingwood Magpies Netball team and shares his time between Collingwood and The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre.

He is a keen blogger and posts regularly on sports physio and strength and conditioning topics. He has a website, which you can find some of his previous blogs: www.mickhughes.physio
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Anyone for Tennis? ….Or swimming? Or Aerobics?

We know that, just like taxes, death is inevitable, but wouldn’t it be nice to extend your years out a little bit longer? Well, a recent study has shed some light on what types of physical activity can help you extend your years.

In a study of 80 306 English and Scottish residents (F 43 705, M 36 601; mean age 52yrs) it was found that those that participated in regular games of racquet sports (tennis, badminton, squash) had a significantly reduced risk of all-cause mortality of 47%. This was followed by swimming (28%), aerobics (27%) and cycling (15%). Furthermore, looking at reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, once again racquet sports showed its superiority by significantly reducing the risk by 56%. This once again was followed closely by swimming (41%) and aerobics (36%). (1)

So there you have it, a robust study recommending that we should all dust off our tennis racquets, or channel our inner Jane Fonda or get down to our local pool for some laps and start adding some years to our lives. Remember exercise is medicine!! Go get some!


  1. Oja P, Kelly P, Pedisic Z, Titze S, Bauman A, Foster C, et al. Associations of specific types of sports and exercise with all-cause and cardiovascular-disease mortality: a cohort study of 80 306 British adults. British journal of sports medicine. 2016 Nov 28. PubMed PMID: 27895075. Epub 2016/11/30. eng.