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Abstract

This study evaluates a group of master swimmers to determine their perceptions of their physical and mental health status. USMS swimmers were surveyed to determine overall perceptions of their physical and mental health. The responses were compared to responses to the same questions included in 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Members responding to the USMS survey totaled 1,054 and 5,171 people in the NHANES dataset met inclusion criteria. The USMS sample reported fewer physically and mentally unhealthy days and fewer inactive days due to health. Over 95% of USMS respondents indicated excellent to good health compared to 75.4% of the NHANES sample. People engaged in physical activity, especially regular swimming, have higher odds of having better health status.

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