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Perceived Stress Level in Regularly Exercising and Sedentary Undergraduate Medical Students

*, Subbalakshmi NK and *, Sunandha S and Chatterjee, Poulomi and Chatterjee, Prathik Kumar (2015) Perceived Stress Level in Regularly Exercising and Sedentary Undergraduate Medical Students. International Journal of Health Sciences & Research, 5 (6). pp. 156-160. ISSN 2249-9571

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Abstract

Introduction: Stress may have adverse effect on bodily mechanisms and cause ill health. Therefore it is essential to identify the subjects at stress and find remedial measures to control stress in them. The present study assessed the stress level and influence of regular exercise on stress level in young adults Materials and Methods: This was a cross sectional study done in 84 undergraduate medical students. In them stress level was measured us by Sheldon Cohen’s “Perceived Stress Scale”. Subjects who were taking part in structured exercise programme from the past one year were considered as exercising. Accordingly subjects were grouped as Group A (exercising) and Group B (sedentary). Based on the stress score subjects were categorized as with average, moderate and severe stress. Frequency of subjects with 3 different level of stress in group A and group B was compared using Chi- square test. p< 0.05 was taken as significant. Result: Mean perceived stress score was significantly lower in group A compared to group B (p = 0.0006). In Group a frequency of subjects with average stress score was higher compared to Group B (p < 0.0001). Frequency of subjects with high stress score was higher in Group B compared to Group A (p = 0.0003). Conclusion: High perceived stress persists in large proportion of undergraduate medical students. Structured physical activity program may lower perceived stress.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: perceived stress, sedentary, exercise, low stress score.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Physiology
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2015 07:06
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2015 07:06
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/143295

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