Special Issue "New Trends in Sport Healthcare"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Kyung-Min Kim
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Guest Editor
Department of Sport Science, ‎Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do 16419, Korea
Interests: chronic joint instability; postural control; neuroplastic training; therapeutic modality
Dr. Yong Woo An
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Guest Editor
Department of Health and Human Sciences, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA
Interests: functional joint instability; sensorimotor & neurocognitive intervention; brain function; neuroplasticity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is generally accepted that regularly playing sports or performing exercises provides health-related benefits including, but not limited to, lower risks of chronic diseases and improved physical fitness, and higher quality of life. Such exercise-related health benefits have been engaging more people participating in sports/exercises but resulting in increased sports injuries, which overburdens the current healthcare system where healthcare is provided after the onset of diseases or injuries. Thus, the field of sports healthcare is on its way to a transformation from a reactive (treatment-oriented care) to a proactive (preventative care) approach. With advances in technology, various proactive healthcare approaches are feasible, from a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms of sports injuries to digital healthcare. In addition to traditional focuses on physical and mental healthcare, anecdotal evidence suggests the importance of different perspectives of healthcare for sports participants, such as psychosocial/environmental assessment or growth and development perspectives. Thus, this Special Issue will welcome any formats of papers (i.e., original work, reviews, letters, etc.) addressing new trends in sports healthcare, especially those combining a high academic standard with a practical focus on providing effective proactive healthcare solutions.

Dr. Kyung-Min Kim
Dr. Yong Woo An
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • digital healthcare
  • athletic training/conditioning
  • growth and development
  • sports sociology
  • physical activity
  • neuroplasticity
  • health promotion

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Estimation of Fine-Grained Foot Strike Patterns with Wearable Smartwatch Devices
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(3), 1279; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph19031279 (registering DOI) - 24 Jan 2022
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People who exercise may benefit or be injured depending on their foot striking (FS) style. In this study, we propose an intelligent system that can recognize subtle differences in FS patterns while walking and running using measurements from a wearable smartwatch device. Although [...] Read more.
People who exercise may benefit or be injured depending on their foot striking (FS) style. In this study, we propose an intelligent system that can recognize subtle differences in FS patterns while walking and running using measurements from a wearable smartwatch device. Although such patterns could be directly measured utilizing pressure distribution of feet while striking on the ground, we instead focused on analyzing hand movements by assuming that striking patterns consequently affect temporal movements of the whole body. The advantage of the proposed approach is that FS patterns can be estimated in a portable and less invasive manner. To this end, first, we developed a wearable system for measuring inertial movements of hands and then conducted an experiment where participants were asked to walk and run while wearing a smartwatch. Second, we trained and tested the captured multivariate time series signals in supervised learning settings. The experimental results obtained demonstrated high and robust classification performances (weighted-average F1 score > 90%) when recent deep neural network models, such as 1D-CNN and GRUs, were employed. We conclude this study with a discussion of potential future work and applications that increase benefits while walking and running properly using the proposed approach. Full article
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OTT Streaming Distribution Strategies for Dance Performances in the Post-COVID-19 Age: A Modified Importance-Performance Analysis
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(1), 327; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph19010327 - 29 Dec 2021
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The purpose of this study was to explore strategies for distributing online content of dance post COVID-19 in Korea. And specially to discuss the distribution strategies of online performances through videoization of dance performances and OTT (over-the-top) streaming: (1) Methods: For this purpose, [...] Read more.
The purpose of this study was to explore strategies for distributing online content of dance post COVID-19 in Korea. And specially to discuss the distribution strategies of online performances through videoization of dance performances and OTT (over-the-top) streaming: (1) Methods: For this purpose, a survey was conducted on the distribution strategy of dance online contents for a total of 100 practitioners such as dance field, video contents, and art management. A total 91 sample were used except for defective questionnaires, and Vavra (1997)’s modified important performance analysis was conducted; (2) Results: The results of the matrix through the modified IPA analysis are as follows: first, the first quadrant included ‘quality of dance performance’, ‘platform for OTT streaming’, and ‘promotion for potential audience development’. This means that both explicit and intrinsic importance are high, and it is an important execution factor that has a positive effect on the satisfaction of the online contents of dance only if it is met. Second, the second quadrant included ‘brand awareness of choreographer or dance company’, ‘creative composition and choreography’, and ‘fee and price criteria’. This is a case of low explicit importance but high intrinsic importance, and these factors are attractive attributes that affect the satisfaction of dance online contents, although consumers do not expect it to be important. Third, the third quadrant included ‘new formats and curation’, ‘convergence technology (AR, VR, 3D, etc.) for the field sense’, and ‘online audience service (communication, membership, etc.)’. This means that both explicit and intrinsic importance are low, and if these factors are met, it can have a positive effect on the satisfaction of viewing of dance online contents. However, it does not have a negative effect even if it is not met. Fourth, in the fourth quadrant, ‘production and editing competency’, ‘quality of videos and sounds’, ‘copyright of performance creation’, and ‘fandom and audience management’ was included. This is an essential attribute in the distribution strategy of dance online contents because it has high explicit importance and low intrinsic importance, and it can have a negative impact on satisfaction when these factors are not met. Full article
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