Special Issue "The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors"
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: closed (30 December 2021).
2. Director, Behavioral Physical Activity Lab, School of Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, 209 Cooke Hall, 1900 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA.
Interests: physical activity; African-American and Black populations; the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity; behavioral interventions; sedentary behaviors; nutrition; social determinants; health disparities; health equity
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The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) welcomes submissions for a Special Issue focusing on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity and sedentary behaviors. IJERPH is peer-reviewed scientific journal with a current impact factor of 2.849 (and a 5-year impact factor of 3.127) that publishes research articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of the environmental health sciences and public health. More details about the journal can be found at https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.
The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) quickly resulted in a global pandemic. The rapid transmission of COVID-19 has disrupted all aspects of life and paralleled the swift dissemination of information on the potential impact on health behaviors. Of particular interest is the effect on physical activity and sedentary behaviors, which have long been identified as significant public health concerns. From mandatory stay-at-home orders, social distancing, the closure of many nonessential businesses, and restricted leisure-time activity options, COVID-19 potentially had an immediate impact on physical activity and sedentary behaviors. Over a year later, COVID-19 continues to influence these behaviors. It is pertinent for us to understand the impact of COVID-19 on physical activity and sedentary behaviors to not only improve guidelines and recommendations but to better prepare us if we are faced with a similar crisis in the future.
This Special Issue will focus on emerging data on how COVID-19 has affected physical activity and sedentary behaviors. We are interested in such topics as, but not limited to:
- The impact on physical activity, sport participation, or exercise;
- Changes in sedentary behaviors such as recreational and nonrecreational screen use and social media use;
- Exploration within various settings (i.e., homes, schools, neighborhoods, and communities);
- Examination within different populations (i.e., racial/ethnic and geographic location);
- The implications for environmental, organizational, and/or policy changes.
Researchers are invited to contribute novel work to be considered for publication in this Special Issue. The submissions can include original articles, critical reviews (systematic or meta-analyses), brief reports, and short communications. There are no restrictions on study design or methodology (i.e., secondary analyses, cross-sectional or longitudinal designs, intervention studies, observational studies, case studies, etc., are all welcome). Articles that focus on underrepresented or disadvantaged communities are encouraged.
Dr. Daheia J. Barr-Anderson
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- global pandemic
- health promotion
- media use
- physical activity
- physical inactivity
- sedentary behaviors
- screen time
- social media
- sport participation