Special Issue "Physical Activity and Sport in the COVID-19 Context"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Alessandra Di Cagno
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Guest Editor
Department of Motor, Human and Health Sciences, University of Rome “Foro Italico”, Lauro de Bosis Square, 15, 00197 Rome, Italy
Interests: sport training; physical activity and health; technology applied in sport; physical activity for children and elderly
Dr. Giovanni Fiorilli
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Guest Editor
Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Molise, v. De Sanctis 1, 86100 Campobasso, Italy
Interests: sport training methodologies; technology applied to sport; sport management; physical activity for special populations

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

The outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) created an international public health emergency. Considering that COVID-19 is an illness with unknown causes and a high viral load, all the countries in the world have taken unprecedented measures to stop the spread of the virus. This included enforcing policies regarding the avoidance of human-to-human transmission via social distancing. In addition, quarantine measures kept a large number of people in isolation, restricting their activity practices and interactions, with dangerous physical and psychological effects on individuals and societies.

The COVID-19 pandemic and related quarantine caused the suspension of physical activity and sports at every level. Physical activity provides several benefits to an individual’s health and well-being, and its restriction has had relevant negative psychological, cultural, and environmental influences. Recent studies have pointed out the protective role of physical activity during the lockdown. Moreover, moderate and regular physical activity brings an improvement in immune function, optimizing the body’s defense mechanisms against infections (FIMS, 2020). Nevertheless, the nonspecific symptoms at early stages—especially in young and healthy people (e.g., athletes)—lead to a danger of contagion. It should be noted that the prevention of COVID-19 infection in athletes has been essential in order to minimize training interruptions, which lead to a poorer performance.

Other considerations could be taken into account such as the economic consequences of the prolonged quarantine duration on the sports community. Furthermore, the infection fears, stigma, and the inadequate information may prompt athletes to drop out of their sport and lead to high-stress effects.

This Special Issue is open to any contributions in the subject area of "Physical Activity and Sport in the COVID-19 Context". The keywords listed below provide an outline of some of the possible areas of interest.

Dr. Alessandra Di Cagno
Dr. Giovanni Fiorilli
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Physical activity
  • Sport activity
  • COVID-19 infection
  • Lockdown
  • Defense mechanisms
  • Financial loss
  • Public health
  • Psychological health and well-being

Published Papers

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