Health Related Quality of Life of Off-Road Vehicle Riders

  • Jamie F Burr York University
  • Veronica K. Jamnik York University
  • Norman Gledhill York University
Keywords: alternative activity, health-related, rural, risk


Background: Alternative forms of physical activity are becoming increasingly popular, but little is know about the effects of habitual involvement in these activities on health-related quality of life (QOL). Purpose: The purpose of this study was to characterize the heath-related QOL of Canadians who habitually participate in recreational off-road vehicle riding. A secondary purpose was to compare the levels of mental and physical functioning QOL of recreational off-road vehicle riders to Canadian population norms and determine whether differences exist among genders, age categories and vehicle types. Methods: Habitual participants in recreational off-road vehicle riding were questioned regarding QOL using the Medical Outcomes Study SF-36 questionnaire. Responses were compared between groups and to normative data. Results: SF-36 mental function (54.5) and physical function (55.4) scores of off-road riders were higher than Canadian norms (51.7 and 50.5, respectively). Conclusions: Off-road riders have high levels of mental and physical functioning QOL. Given their higher physical function, off-road motorcycle riders are less likely than all terrain vehicle riders or the general population to have physical limitations or health problems.
How to Cite
Burr, J., Jamnik, V., & Gledhill, N. (2010). Health Related Quality of Life of Off-Road Vehicle Riders. The Health & Fitness Journal of Canada, 3(1), 4-11.

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