Special Issue "Physical Activities of Children and Adolescents during COVID-19 Pandemic"

A special issue of Children (ISSN 2227-9067). This special issue belongs to the section "Global and Public Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 February 2024 | Viewed by 1747

Special Issue Editors

University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science, and Technology of Targu Mures, 540136 Targu Mures, Romania
Interests: physical education; physical activities and sports promotion; health; psychomotor learning; kinesiology
Department of Doctoral Studies, National University of Physical Education and Sports, 060057 Bucharest, Romania
Interests: physical activities; eating habits; perceived benefits of physical activity; perceived body attractiveness; kinesiology
Dr. Popescu Veronica
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, 700554 Iași, Romania
Interests: physical activities; health; psychomotor learning; physical education; kinesiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Physical activity is crucial for short- and long-term health, whether physical or mental, and may enhance children’s and adolescents’ scholastic and cognitive performances. Among adolescents, it is connected with higher self-esteem, improved musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health, and decreased anxiety and sadness. Physical activity also promises to improve and strengthen society by encouraging social connection and community participation.

Habits formed throughout childhood and adolescence in this regard are likely to continue into adulthood. Sedentary behaviour and low levels of physical activity are connected with being overweight, obesity, and chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, and many types of cancer. Low levels may also hinder school focus and productivity and even lead to social alienation and isolation.

Additionally, the current COVID-19 epidemic has widened existing disparities in youth physical activity levels and healthy lifestyles in terms of gender, socioeconomic status, rural and urban locations, and other factors. Conversely, today we see a continual barrage of messages in the media and communication networks about self-care, improved diet, and new fitness activities aimed mainly at the digital native youth demographic.

We will welcome submissions from a variety of fields. For this Special issue of Children, special consideration will be given to original research articles, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses on the following topics:

  • Physical fitness in children and adolescents;
  • Healthy lifestyles in children and adolescents;
  • Evaluation of physical fitness, healthy lifestyles and psychomotor learning process in children and adolescents;
  • Promotion of a healthy lifestyle among children and adolescents;
  • Policies related to the promotion of healthy behaviours in children and adolescents;
  • The promotion of physical education and healthy lifestyles;
  • Sociodemographic characteristics stratified the relationship between physical fitness and healthy lifestyles;
  • Physical activity adherence throughout childhood and adolescence.

Dr. Szabo Dan-Alexandru
Prof. Dr. Silvia Teodorescu
Dr. Popescu Veronica
Guest Editors

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  • physical activities
  • physical fitness
  • childhood
  • adolescence
  • health
  • psychomotor activities
  • lifestyles
  • promotion
  • evaluation

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An Observational Study on Play and Physical Activity Associated with a Recreational Facility-Led Park-Based “Loose Parts” Play Intervention during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Children 2023, 10(6), 1049; https://doi.org/10.3390/children10061049 - 12 Jun 2023
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Play is a human right, yet opportunities for unstructured play are declining. The COVID-19 pandemic further reduced children’s play opportunities. We conducted an observational study of a novel community-based intervention (play hubs) that facilitated unstructured play by offering loose parts in parks (Calgary, [...] Read more.
Play is a human right, yet opportunities for unstructured play are declining. The COVID-19 pandemic further reduced children’s play opportunities. We conducted an observational study of a novel community-based intervention (play hubs) that facilitated unstructured play by offering loose parts in parks (Calgary, Canada) during the pandemic. Our descriptive study included systematic observation using the System for Observing Children’s Activity and Relationships During Play (SOCARP) and Tool for Observing Play Outdoors (TOPO) to capture physical activity, play, and social and environment interactions among children participating in the play hubs for 10-weeks in 2021 (n = 160) and 2022 (n = 147). Play hub attendance was low. Most children observed were aged 5 to 12 years (2021: 93% and 2022 98%), with boys and girls represented (2021: 58% male/42% female and 2022: 52% male/48% female). Standing, sitting, and moderate activity were common activities. Physical, exploratory, and expressive play were common, while digital, bio, and rule-based play were less common. Children typically played alone or in small groups and engaged with loose parts or played in the open spaces. The play hubs encouraged unstructured play and promoted positive social interactions among children, despite the challenges of implementing a community-based intervention under pandemic public health restrictions. Full article
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