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Alyson J. Littman, Christopher W. Forsberg and Edward J. Boyko


Military veterans provide a large and diverse population to examine the extent to which compulsory physical activity (PA) in early adulthood is associated with PA later in life.


We assessed self-reported and objectively measured PA and sedentary time in the 900 veterans and 2036 nonveterans with valid data from the 2003–2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. Analyses were adjusted for the complex survey design and age, race/ethnicity, education, marital status, and poverty.


Based on self-report, the proportion of veterans and nonveterans meeting PA Guidelines did not differ significantly (51.1% vs. 43.9%, P = .26). However, a greater proportion of veterans reported regular vigorous leisure-time activity (30.4% vs. 19.6%, P = .04) and muscle-strengthening activities (24.4 vs. 16.7, P = .051). Based on objective PA monitoring, activity levels between veterans and nonveterans also did not differ significantly, although mean counts and minutes per day were numerically greater in nonveterans. By self-report (P = .02) and PA monitors (P = .065), estimated sedentary time was greater in veterans than in demographically similar nonveterans.


Veterans were no more likely than nonveterans to meet PA Guidelines, but may have been more likely to perform vigorous activities and conversely, to spend more time in sedentary activities.

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Matthew R. Hodler

: United States Swimming, 1983). With the notable exception of “approved life-saving activities” or as a member of the armed service, in an armed service competition. Athletes were permitted to compete in Masters swimming competitions and in “other team sports than swimming” United States Swimming, 1984

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Erik A. Wikstrom, Cole Mueller and Mary Spencer Cain

): 641 – 645 . PubMed ID: 17513688 doi:10.1197/j.aem.2007.03.1354 10.1197/j.aem.2007.03.1354 17513688 5. Cameron K , Owens BD , DeBerardino TM . Incidence of ankle sprains among active-duty members of the United States armed services from 1998–2006 . J Athl Train . 2010 ; 45 : 29 – 38 . PubMed