Special Issue "Importance of Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2023) | Viewed by 1099

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Department of Physical Activity and Sport, CEI Campus Mare Nostrum, University of Murcia, 30100 Murcia, Spain
Interests: children; psychomotricity; education, physical activity and sport; sport direction and management
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Department of Didactics of Musical, Plastic and Corporal Expression, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
Interests: psychosocial factors; healthy lifestyle; education; physical activity; sport; exercise
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Dear Colleagues,

During childhood and adolescence, the body is undergoing rapid growth and development. Proper physical activity is crucial for the development of motor skills, coordination, balance, and muscle strength. In addition, regular physical activity is related to better academic performance in children and adolescents. Exercise helps improve attention, concentration, memory, and problem-solving ability. Physical activity is also related to positive impacts on mental health and emotional well-being; it helps to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, in addition to improving general mood. It promotes self-esteem and self-confidence, as well as social and teamwork skills through participation in group physical activities.

Instilling the habit of being physically active from an early age can lay the foundation for a healthy lifestyle later in life. Children and adolescents who regularly participate in physical activity are more likely to stay active as adults, which can help prevent disease and promote a longer as well as healthier life.

Authors are encouraged to submit cutting-edge research and reviews. Articles that focus on all aspects related to the theme are invited.

Prof. Dr. Arturo Díaz-Suárez
Prof. Dr. Félix Zurita Ortega
Guest Editors

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  • physical exercise
  • sport
  • quality of life
  • health
  • social and emotional development

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Results from Estonia’s 2022 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth: Research Gaps and Five Key Messages and Actions to Follow
Children 2023, 10(8), 1369; https://doi.org/10.3390/children10081369 - 09 Aug 2023
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The aim of this article is to summarize the results of the 2022 Estonian Physical Activity Report Card across 10 indicators based on available scientific data and national databases, and, additionally, to compare the current results with previous Report Card results. A national [...] Read more.
The aim of this article is to summarize the results of the 2022 Estonian Physical Activity Report Card across 10 indicators based on available scientific data and national databases, and, additionally, to compare the current results with previous Report Card results. A national expert panel, consisting of research and policy experts, identified the available sources and synthesized as well as graded relevant data related to the physical activity (PA) of Estonian children and youth. Grade B was assigned to Organized Sports and Physical Activity (B−), Community and Environment (B+), and Government (B). Grade C was assigned to Overall Physical Activity (C+), Physical Fitness (C+), Family and Peers (C−), and School (C+). The lowest grade, D, was assigned to Active Play (D), Active Transportation (D+), and Sedentary Behaviors (D−). In Estonia, the participation rate in organized sport is relatively high, and government in addition to community support seem to be at a relatively good level. However, a relatively high number of children and youth did not meet the current PA guidelines, and the levels of sedentary behavior and screen time were very high. The PA of children and youth should be a cross-disciplinary priority, and focus should be put on developing schoolyards and outdoor breaks, varied and easily accessible organized sport, the use of active transportation, and the implementation of physical education that supports leisure time activities. Full article
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