The hazards of watching football--are Australians at risk?

Med J Aust. 2006 Dec 4-18;185(11-12):684-6. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00765.x.


Objective: To review whether watching football increases the population cardiac event risk in New South Wales.

Design: Analysis of hospital admissions for acute myocardial infarction, other cardiovascular disease, and other acute injuries at the time of two stressful sporting events in NSW in 2005: the Sydney Swans playing in the Australian Football League (AFL) Grand Final, and the Socceroos' penalty shoot-out in their World Cup qualifying match against Uruguay.

Results: There were no increases in any of the studied admission events at the time of, or in the days immediately following, these football matches.

Conclusions: Australians appear to be resistant to acute stressors associated with watching sporting events, possibly due to higher rates of motivational deficiency disorder (MoDeD) than in European populations.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / statistics & numerical data
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Football*
  • Heart Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Infarction / epidemiology*
  • New South Wales / epidemiology
  • Patient Admission / statistics & numerical data
  • Risk Factors
  • Self-Injurious Behavior / epidemiology
  • Soccer*
  • Stroke / epidemiology
  • Television*