Special Issue "Physical and Sport Activity for Wellbeing, Lifestyle, Health Promotion and Chronic Diseases Prevention"
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: 30 December 2021.
Interests: physical education; physical activity and sport; exercise; neuropsychology; motor development; physical fitness; psychological fitness; adapted physical activity
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Interests: physical education, motor development; motor learning; physical activity and sport; wellbeing; exercise; physical education and neuroscience; adapted physical activity; sport pedagogy
Physical activity is defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that results in energy expenditure. Physical inactivity, the failure to meet the recommended physical activity guidelines (i.e. ,150 min of moderate-intensity activity or 75 min of vigorous-intensity activity per week, or a combination thereof) is a global issue and the fourth leading cause of global mortality (World Health Organization, 2010). Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, chronic respiratory disorders, and cancers as a group of noncommunicable diseases are the leading causes of death worldwide. These chronic conditions are heavily influenced by poor lifestyle factors, including physical inactivity (World Medical Association, 2017). Further, there is a lot of scientific evidence linking health and lifestyles with continuing education in physical exercise following appropriate teaching styles and pedagogical strategies.
An active lifestyle, such as practicing regular physical activity and exercise, improves physical fitness and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, increasing HDL-C and reducing blood pressure, body weight, waist circumference, triglycerides, and blood glucose levels. Strong evidence also shows that physically active people with a cancer diagnosis may have higher survival rates than inactive cancer patients and feel less cancer-related fatigue. Regular physical activity may also prevent diseases and disorders of the musculoskeletal system and promote healthy aging and longevity and reduce the risk of cancer. It may also enhance cognitive performance and overall wellbeing and relieve stress and anxiety. Improvements in health benefits depend on the volume (i.e., combination of frequency, intensity, and duration) of physical activity. This is known as the dose–response relationship (Loprinzi, 2015).
This Special Issue offers an opportunity to publish high-quality multidisciplinary research and reviews that focus on the impact of adapted physical activity and physical education on chronic disease prevention and population health and the development of intervention strategies to increase physical activity. Research can target any age group and context or setting such as leisure time, active commuting or the workplace, and in the form of structured exercise or unstructured activity and play, according to the principles of the adapted physical activity and sport pedagogy. Investigators who have conducted research on these topics are invited to submit manuscripts for consideration for this Special Issue in IJERPH.
Prof. Francesco Fischetti
Dr. Stefania Cataldi
Manuscript Submission Information
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- adapted physical activity
- health promotion
- lifestyle education
- chronic diseases
- population health
- quality of life
- sport pedagogy