Special Issue "Sport, Physical Activity and Health at Time of COVID-19"
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: 15 June 2022.
Sports and physical activity are major engines in an individual’s well-being, health promotion and social development, and their role is well recognized by governments and international health authorities. The COVID-19 pandemic imposed social and physical distancing, and lockdown measures caused restrictions in businesses and educational and social activities, also impacting on sport and physical activities. This pandemic has affected the world of sport from different points of view, including public health issues. The global outbreak of COVID-19 and the following lockdowns closed gyms, stadiums, pools, dance and fitness studios, physiotherapy centers, parks and playgrounds. Therefore, people from different countries were unable to actively participate in their sport activities, unless for limited training inside of their homes or surroundings. Under such conditions, many people tend to be less physically active, have irregular sleep patterns and follow unbalanced diets, which result in weight gain and loss of physical fitness, as shown by different studies. Some population groups such as low-income groups are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of the pandemic. Moreover, scientific evidence underlines that the COVID-19 restrictions exacerbated both the environmental and personal barriers experienced by people with a disability, preventing them from taking part in physical activity. The global community has adapted rapidly by creating online content tailored to different people. These contents vary from free tutorials on social media to stretching, meditation and dance classes in which the whole family can participate.
This Special Issue highlights the challenges COVID-19 has posed to both the world of sport and physical activity and well-being, especially in the marginalized or vulnerable groups. This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) focuses on the impact of the pandemic in the world of sport from the public health point of view, also considering specific medical issues related to prevention and epidemiological studies related to SARS-CoV-2 risks in specific environments (e.g., swimming pools, sport facilities). The main topic is the impact of lockdown/restrictions on population health, considering the prolonged reduction in physical activity and the following possibility of an increased risk and burden of non-communicable diseases. New research papers, reviews, case reports and conference papers are welcome to this Issue. Papers dealing with new approaches to health promotion or innovative strategies for safety plans in sport facilities are also welcome. Other manuscript types accepted include methodological papers, position papers, brief reports and commentaries.
Dr. Federica Valeriani
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- physical activity
- sedentary behaviors
- health promotion
- safety plan
- sport facilities
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Tennis coaches’ perceptions of Covid-19 impact on their health and professional activity: A multi-cultural approach
Authors: Rafa Martínez Gallego
Affiliation: University of Valencia Gascó Oliag Street, 3 46010, Valencia (Spain)
Title: Quality of life, wellbeing and physical activity in parks at time of COVID-19: results from the “Parks in movement” project.
Authors: Laura Dallolio
Affiliation: Unit of Hygiene, Public Health and Medical Statistics, Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna, via San Giacomo 12, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Title: Moving Forward: Understanding Correlates of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour during COVID-19 - An Integrative Review and Socioecological Approach
Authors: Kelly Mackintosh
Affiliation: Swansea University, Wales
Title: Health Promotion and school in time of covid
Authors: Paduano Stefania
Affiliation: Department of Biomedical, Metabolic and Neural Sciences, Section of Public Health, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Campi 287, 41125 Modena, Italy
Title: Tokyo Olympic Games Swimming Results: impact of the covid-19 pandemic on Olympic swimmers
Authors: De Marie Sabrina
Affiliation: Università di Roma "Foro Italico", Rome, Italy