Special Issue "Physical Activity in Chronic Disease Populations"

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Julie Broderick
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Guest Editor
Discipline of Physiotherapy, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin, D08 W9RT Dublin, Ireland
Interests: The effect of physical activity and the application of exercise to disrupt physical decline trajectories in chronic disease populations; interaction between social inequality and physical health outcomes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Those familiar with this field of research know that physical activity is defined as any bodily movement that results in energy expenditure. Physical activity is challenging to measure accurately outside the laboratory environment and tends to be overestimated when self-reported. It is well established that engaging in meaningful amounts of physical activity over the life-course can enhance health in terms of long-term physical and mental health outcomes.

On the one hand, sufficient levels of physical activity can have a protective and preventative effect. Positive physical activity behaviors can prevent and help to manage dysregulations in blood pressure, cholesterol and metabolic indices, as well as positively influencing body composition measures and bone mineral density. Epidemiological evidence shows that physical activity is consistently associated with a decreased risk of all-cause mortality and chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and some types of cancer.

In those with established chronic disease, sufficient levels of physical activity can help to manage and positively influence the disease course and experience.

In this special issue entitled “Physical Activity in Chronic Disease Populations”, we will accept manuscripts that explore physical activity across diverse chronic diseases. We are particularly interested in:

  • Observational studies documenting physical activity and related physical outcomes in understudied chronic disease populations;
  • Intervention studies that explore the application of novel physical activity interventions in chronic disease populations.

Dr. Julie Broderick
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • physical activity
  • exercise
  • health
  • fitness
  • physical functioning
  • chronic disease
  • noncommunicable disease

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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