Belay Silesh*, Molla Doyou
Background: Gastrointestinal symptoms experienced during competition are a major factor for reported reduced workload, session of activities, and withdrawal from many endurance competitions. So this study aimed was to assess the prevalence of exercise induced gastrointestinal problems and their risk factors among Arba Minch town male super league football club players.
Objective: The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of exercise induced gastrointestinal problems and their risk factors among Arba Minch town male super league football club players.
Method: A survey was conducted among 31super league football players selected by using convenience sampling technique from March 1st to 15, 2019. The collected data were coded and entered to Epi data version 3.5.1 and exported to SPSS version for further analysis. Descriptive statistics like frequency table and graphs were used for data presentation and cross tabulation was done to assess the risk factors.
Result: A total of 31subjects participated in the study with a response rate of 100 %. The prevalence of GI symptoms is found to be 45.2%. Taking of NSAIDs frequently, doing exercise frequently and intensively, performing exercise on hot and humid environment and taking laxatives frequently identified as high risk factors. Unlikely, intake of tea/coffee for a long time and taking hypertonic fluid frequently are less risky to develop GI problem. According to this study prevalence exercise-induced gastrointestinal problems is high. Therefore, the concerned bodies shall intervene to tackle the problem.
Published Date: 2020-08-17;