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Cuadernos de Psicología del Deporte

On-line version ISSN 1989-5879Print version ISSN 1578-8423

Abstract

RECHE GARCIA, Cristina; MARTINEZ-RODRIGUEZ, Alejandro  and  ORTIN MONTERO, Francisco J.. Exercise dependence and mood states indicators in university athletes. CPD [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.2, pp.21-26. ISSN 1989-5879.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4321/S1578-84232015000200003.

The aim of this study was to determine exercise dependence prevalence in college athletes; analyze differences by gender, kind of sport and training time. In addition, to analyze its relationship with sensitivity and moods. Involved 255 students (212 men and 43 women) aged between 18 and 43 years (M = 21.25, SD = 4.28). Spanish version of the Exercise Dependence Scale -Revised (EDS- R; Sicilia and González, 2011) and Profile of Mood States (POMS, McNair, Lorr and Droppleman, 1971) were administered. The results showed a dependence on exercise represented 6% of the study participants, no statistically significant differences by gender or sport. Regarding the training time differences did appear, being those with high dedication which had higher symptoms of exercise dependence, compared to those with a healthy dedication. Exercise dependence was associated with a profile mood of tension, depression, anger, fatigue and weakness. The results have identified characteristics of the process of exercise and psychological dependence indicators for signs of the disorder through psychological evaluation during training periods to prevent the full development of the problem.

Keywords : Exercise addiction; psychological indicators; students; prevalence.

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