Effects of Sports Habits on Accidents Aboard Ships


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  • Title: Effects of Sports Habits on Accidents Aboard Ships: A Case Study on Turkish Maritime Officers and Cadets
  • Author(s): Ersan Basar, Ercan Kose, Sercan Erol
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Sport & Society
  • Journal Title: Journal of Sport and Health
  • Keywords: Accident, Seafarer, Sports Habits
  • Volume: 6
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2015
  • ISSN: 2381-7070 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2381-7097 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2381-7070/CGP/v06i02/54078
  • Citation: Basar, Ersan, Ercan Kose, and Sercan Erol. 2015. "Effects of Sports Habits on Accidents Aboard Ships: A Case Study on Turkish Maritime Officers and Cadets." Journal of Sport and Health 6 (2): 9-15. doi:10.18848/2381-7070/CGP/v06i02/54078.
  • Extent: 7 pages


The sea has been the most important transportation and trade route for centuries. Even today, 90% of trade goods are transported by sea. Unfortunately, work-related accidents that result in injury or death are common aboard ships. Many of these accidents stem from imbalance and impaired reflexes. According to reports, each year two pilots die and many other seafarers suffer injury during transfer accidents. Balance and fitness are important for seafarers. Although recently built ships have sports facilities, officers typically do not engage in sports during their maritime educations and do not use these facilities. For this study, researchers prepared a questionnaire on sports habits aboard ships and administered it to 251 officers and cadets. As a result, the study concluded that ship officers should exercise to improve their balance and fitness. The study also showed that sports will help to reduce officers’ stress and allow them to work more efficiently. The study found that the highest accident rates involved seafarers between the ages of 23 and 32 years. During this period most mariners have self-confidence about their jobs but make mistakes and cause accidents due to their lack of experience.