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Health Impact of Racket Sports: Fitness, Physical Education and Health Promotion

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Exercise and Health-Related Quality of Life".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 11263

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Department of Corporal Expression, Faculty of Health and Sports Sciences, University of Zaragoza, 22001 Huesca, Spain
Interests: human motricity; racket sports; physical activity and health
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Department of Physical Activity and Sports, Faculty of Sports Sciences, University of Murcia, 30720 Murcia, Spain
Interests: sport physiology; health promotion; ageing; older adults; data analysis
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Department of Physical Education and Sport Performance, Faculty of Health, Sports and Human Movement Sciences, University "Vasile Alecsandri" of Bacau, Bacău, Romania
Interests: human motricity; racket sports; physical activity and health

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Department for Applied Kinesiology of Individual Sports, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Split, Split, Croatia
Interests: science of racket sports; kinanthropometry

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Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, racket sports have become widely practiced disciplines at a professional and recreational level, becoming an interesting educational content and an alternative for leisure time. Its great expansion, growth and evolution in any type of population, from young to old and including people with disabilities, requires carrying out scientific studies that analyze the impact of the practice of this type of sports causes on the body. The aim of this Special Issue is to invite researchers to delve into the knowledge of racket sports, introducing updated and multidisciplinary analyses to consider educational, physical, biomechanical, physiological, biochemical and psychological aspects related to health, education and physical and sports performance. We also encourage authors to send review articles on the current state of knowledge in this field. 

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:  

  • Injuries in racket sports;  
  • Psychology applied to racket sports;  
  • Disability and racket sports;  
  • Young athletes’ performance and health;  
  • Women in racket sports. 

Dr. Francisco Pradas de la Fuente
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Dr. Javier Courel-Ibáñez
Dr. Nicolae Ochiana
Dr. Goran Munivrana
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Keywords

  • exercise physiology
  • injuries
  • physical education
  • disability
  • fitness
  • metabolic response and biomechanics

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Heart Rate Response, Temporal Structure and the Stroke Technique Distribution in Table Tennis National Category Matches
by Jon Mikel Picabea, Jesús Cámara and Javier Yanci
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(1), 739; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20010739 - 31 Dec 2022
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The aims of this study were to analyze the heart rate response, the game temporal structure (i.e., mean total time of the matches, real playing time, total rest time) and the stroke technique distribution and to describe its relations in the table tennis [...] Read more.
The aims of this study were to analyze the heart rate response, the game temporal structure (i.e., mean total time of the matches, real playing time, total rest time) and the stroke technique distribution and to describe its relations in the table tennis national category in simulated competitions. A cohort of 60 table tennis male players (22.06 ± 8.32 years) played 30 simulated matches. The obtained results show a mean heart rate (HRmean) of 142.69 ± 14.10 bpm and a peak heart rate (HRpeak) of 167.26 ± 16.51 bpm. Total strokes were 7505, being the 57.88% and 42.12% forehand and backhand strokes, respectively. The most frequent forehand strokes were service (SERV) (33.13%) and forward spin technique (SPIN) (40.75%) stroke types, with the left quadrant of the table away from the net (Z_5) (25%) and right quadrant of the table away from the net (Z_6) (20.72%) being the most frequent ball bouncing placements. Meanwhile, the most frequent backhand strokes were backspin technique (PUSH) (42.74%) and SPIN (31.86%) stroke types, with the intermediate left quadrant of the table (Z_3) (17.21%), Z_5 (31.22%) and Z_6 (18.54%) being the most frequent ball placements. The mean total time of the matches was 15.74 ± 3.82 min, the mean real playing time was 4.14 ± 1.47 min and the total rest time was 11.60 ± 2.67 min. Heart rate variables did not correlate significantly with the different stroke types or the game temporal variables (p > 0.05). However, stroke types and game temporal structure variables were significantly correlated (p < 0.01). This information can be useful to reveal players’ strengths and weaknesses and prepare subsequent training sessions, adapting training sessions to the needs of the athletes. Full article
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Personality Traits and Motives in Table Tennis Players
by Filippo Marchese, Ivan Malagoli Lanzoni and Patrizia Steca
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(17), 10715; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191710715 - 28 Aug 2022
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This study aims to investigate table tennis players’ personality traits and motives in the frame of the Big Five personality model and the self-determination theory (SDT) of motivation. A total of 447 Italian table tennis players ranging in level of play between the [...] Read more.
This study aims to investigate table tennis players’ personality traits and motives in the frame of the Big Five personality model and the self-determination theory (SDT) of motivation. A total of 447 Italian table tennis players ranging in level of play between the regional and international levels participated in the study. They completed a self-report questionnaire measuring their personality traits and motives to play table tennis. Findings showed conscientiousness as the most distinctive trait of table tennis players. No differences were detected between elite and non-elite players. Table tennis players are mainly motivated by factors belonging to the intrinsic pole of the self-determination motivational continuum. External reinforcements represent a minimal incentive to play this sport both for elite and non-elite athletes. The current findings help clarify the relationships between personality traits, playing certain types of sports, and achieving different performance levels. We conclude by outlining implications for applied sport psychology. Full article

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Performance Outcome Measures in Padel: A Scoping Review
by Alejandro García-Giménez, Francisco Pradas de la Fuente, Carlos Castellar Otín and Luis Carrasco Páez
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(7), 4395; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19074395 - 6 Apr 2022
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Padel is a modern doubles racket sport which has become popular around the world in the last decades. There has been an increase in the quantity of scientific research about this sport in the last years. Therefore, the main objective of this scoping [...] Read more.
Padel is a modern doubles racket sport which has become popular around the world in the last decades. There has been an increase in the quantity of scientific research about this sport in the last years. Therefore, the main objective of this scoping review is to provide an updated contextualization of research regarding padel. PRISMA ScR was used in order to search for articles fulfilling the inclusion criteria in five fields of interest: the anthropometric profile, physiology and physical performance, biomechanics, the epidemiology of injuries, and match analyses Seventy-seven records were included in the study. Padel is an emerging sport both in sport and research terms. This scoping review provides coaches and researchers with all the knowledge available in the five fields of interest. Furthermore, this study enables them to make a map of the current state of the research about padel, and it opens up doors to future investigations. Full article
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