Headaches Amongst Pool Players

Authors

  • Raymond C.S. Seet MRCP,

  • Yiong Huak Chan PhD,

  • Erle C.H. Lim MMed (Int Med)


  • From the Division of Neurology, National University Hospital, Singapore (Drs. Seet and Lim); Department of Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University Singapore (Drs. Seet and Lim); and Biostatistics Unit, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University Singapore (Dr. Chan).

Address all corresponence to Dr. Raymond Chee-Seong Seet, Division of Neurology, National University Hospital, 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119074, Singapore.

Abstract

Background.—Pool-players' headache is a newly described entity. We studied the prevalence and risk factors for the development of headaches amongst pool players.

Methods.—We obtained demographic information, history of pre-existing headaches, frequency and duration of pool-playing, history of pre-existing headaches and their subtypes, competitive pool-playing and worsening or development of headaches amongst pool-players at 2 pool centers. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed and statistical significance was set at P < .05.

Results.—Two hundred and three players, of mean age 22.6 (SD 7.7 years), participated in this study. Of the 21 respondents who reported headaches when playing pool, 11 (52.4%) had pre-existing headaches and 10 (47.6%) had no pre-existing headaches. Age and history of pre-existing headaches were significantly associated with worsening of headaches.

Conclusion.—Pool-players are susceptible to the development of headaches. Avoidance and reduction in the frequency of pool-playing may reduce the frequency of headaches amongst pool players.

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