The link between competitive sports and gambling behaviors among youths

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Abstract

Background and Objectives:

This study examines the association between physical activities and gambling, making a distinction between two characteristics of the former: intensity level and type (competitive/non-competitive).

Method:

316 adolescents from four high schools in Israel completed questionnaires.

Results:

For males, participation in competitive athletic sports was associated with gambling frequency and problem gambling. For females, participation in competitive athletic sports was associated only with gambling frequency.

Conclusions:

Both types of physical activity and gender are important when analyzing the association between gambling and sporting activities.

Scientific Significance:

Youths involved in competitive sports are at greater risk for gambling involvement. (Am J Addict 2015;24:200–202)

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