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Connor Sheehan | Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics
In an era when Americans are more divided than ever, Americans are still united in their passion for sports. While the social (Eime, Young, Harvey, Charity, & Payne, 2013), emotional (Branscombe & Wann, 1991), physical (Haskell et al., 2007), economic, and societal (Norberg, 2018) benefits of sports are well documented, how playing sports is related to longevity remains unclear. If funded, this grant would utilize a nationally representative survey of about 30,000 Americans tracked 13-years to conduct the most comprehensive analyses yet of how engagement in sports is associated with risk of mortality and how this relationship may vary by race/ethnicity.
The specific aims are as follows:
By accomplishing these aims, I will document the long-term benefits of engagement in sports for health for the U.S. adult population to an extent to which has previously not been possible. I will also examine how sports may have the potential to ameliorate racial inequality in longevity. Differences in the mortality implications of engagement in the sport by race may stress the significance of tailored policy interventions. I plan on disseminating my findings widely with the objective of promoting participation in sports as a means to promote longevity and further social equality in health.