Comparison the Knowledge of Medical Students on Practical Aspects of Exercise in Prevention and Treatment of Digestive diseases with and without a course in the field of sport medicine

Document Type : Research/Original Article


1 Department of Cardiovascular, School of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

2 Colorectal research center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran



Background Physical activity is a fundamental health issue, How to educate it to patients and people in the community requires a set of knowledge and information about the sport, which should be achieved by physicians during college education.
Aims This study aims to compare the knowledge of Medical students with and without a training course about medical sport.
Methods 180 medical interns from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, both males (56%) and females (44%) students participated in this study. Sport and physical activity questionnaire (Mojab, 2008) was used. All the items were analyzed using SPSS version 22.
Results Independent Sample T-test was applied to find whether there are similarities or differences between the interns with and without a course of sports medicine. p < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Based on the obtained results the mean age was 25.75±1.38 years. The overall performance of the participants with a course in sports medicine (mean= 9.75±3.12) was better than those without a course in sports medicine (mean = 9.57±2.20). Although half of the participants passed a 3-hour course in sports medicine, no significant difference was found between the students’ knowledge without a course and those who passed a course in sports medicine (p= 0.456).
Conclusions Findings show that these students lacked sufficient knowledge about the sport and were unable to prescribe a suitable sporting version for patients. So, it is suggested that medical education authorities prepare this field by providing at least one multi-day training workshop during the internship.
Key Words: Sports medicine, Medical student, Digestive diseases, Obesity, Physical activity, Knowledge