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BAZELLO, Bárbara; PORTELLA, Fernanda Cabeço; ANTUNES, Gabriela de Paula Pinto  and  GATTI, Ana Lúcia. Elderly's sports practice: self-image, self-esteem and quality of life. Bol. psicol [online]. 2016, vol.66, n.145, pp.171-186. ISSN 0006-5943.

This study aimed to compare quality of life, self-image and self-esteem reported by elderly individuals or group practice athletes, and seniors who do not practice physical activities. Participants were 36 elderly, male, 60 to 74 years old, selected by convenience. A sociodemographic questionnaire, the WHOQOL-Bref, the WHOQOL-Old and the Self Concept and Self-Esteem Questionnaire were used. The collected data were analyzed quantitatively using descriptive and inferential statistics. The comparison between groups showed significant differences regarding self-image and self-esteem, in which the practitioners of team sports had higher values than the individual sports practitioners. Regarding quality of life, the same group made superior evaluations compared to the sedentary group. The limitations of the study include the use of self-assessment questionnaires / self-report, which are prone to have the interference of social desirability and not have controlled activities of daily life, especially of the sedentary group. Further research with larger sample and greater control of variables is suggested

Keywords : Sport; senescence; self image; elf steem; quality of life.

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