Special Issue "Medicine in Sports and Exercise"

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 August 2023.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Antonino Patti
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Department of Psychological, Pedagogical, Educational Science and Human Movement, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy
Interests: physical activity; injury prevention; human movement; pediatric

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The literature demonstrates that the benefits of human movement go beyond the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular system and athletic performance, impacting the control of the progression of specific diseases or even lowering drug need. Practicing sports and physical activity is one of the most effective strategies in maintaining and improving health as a preventive factor in a large number of diseases. The WHO recommends that all countries establish national guidelines and set physical activity targets. Human movement programs are applied to subjects with cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic metabolic conditions, depression, and osteoporosis. Furthermore, exercise programs are also employed to increased one’s strength, endurance, and mobility, improving the quality of life in elderly populations; even minor increases in physical activity are associated with improved health.

Therefore, this Special Issue seeks original research articles and reviews on any subject related to exercise, sports medicine, human movement, and physical fitness. Particular interest will be on articles that examine the effects of movement in the most common chronic diseases. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by experts in the field and held to the highest level of academic and scientific integrity. We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Antonino Patti
Prof. Dr. Antonino Bianco
Guest Editors

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  • sports medicine
  • clinical exercise
  • preventive health
  • physical fitness
  • musculoskeletal disorders
  • physical activity and health
  • health promotion
  • injury prevention
  • quality of life
  • fatigue, pain, and balance

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Performance of Professional Soccer Players before and after COVID-19 Infection; Observational Study with an Emphasis on Graduated Return to Play
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(21), 11688; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph182111688 - 07 Nov 2021
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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in sport has been the subject of numerous studies over the past two years. However, knowledge about the direct impact of COVID-19 infection on the performance of athletes is limited, and the importance of studies on this [...] Read more.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in sport has been the subject of numerous studies over the past two years. However, knowledge about the direct impact of COVID-19 infection on the performance of athletes is limited, and the importance of studies on this topic is crucial during the current pandemic era. This study aimed to evaluate the changes in the match running performance (MRP) of professional soccer players that occurred as a result of COVID-19 infection after fulfilling all of the prerequisites for a safe return to play (RTP). The participants were 47 professional soccer players from a team which competed in first Croatian division (21.6 years old on average) during the 2020/21 season. The total sample was divided into two subgroups based on the results of a PCR test for COVID-19, where 31 players tested positive (infected) and 16 tested negative. We observed the PCR test results (positive vs. negative PCR), the number of days needed to return to the team, number of days needed to RTP after quarantine and isolation, and MRP (10 variables measured by a global positioning system). The number of days where the infected players were not included in the team ranged from 7 to 51 (Median: 12). Significant pre- to post-COVID differences in MRP for infected players were only found for high-intensity accelerations and high-intensity decelerations (t-test = 2.11 and 2.13, respectively; p < 0.05, moderate effect size differences), with poorer performance in the post-COVID period. Since a decrease of the MRP as a result of COVID-19 infection was only noted in two variables, we can highlight appropriateness of the applied RTP. However, further adaptations and improvements of the RTP are needed with regard to high-intensity activities. Full article
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