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Physical Education, Physical Activity and Health Promotion in Children and Adolescence

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 (25 June 2023) | Viewed by 6892

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Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health, Università degli Studi di Milano, 20129 Milan, Italy
Interests: physical literacy; training and testing; cognitive performance; team sports; motor competence

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Department of Biomedical Science for Health, University of Milan, 20133 Milan, Italy
Interests: training and testing; football; team sports; strength and conditioning
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Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies, Università del Salento, Lecce, Italy
Interests: developmental coordination disorder; motor skills; exercise
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is now known that in the context of environments devoid of stimuli, together with the use of inadequate physical education programs, the premises for motor illiteracy in children and adolescents can be created, causing various negative effects that could be aggravated by unhealthy weight conditions (e.g., obesity).

Adequate physical education programs should develop motor competence by fostering an individual's awareness, self-perception, and autonomous motivation in a realistic scenario (functional task difficulty correlated to its possibilities) in an attempt to counteract potential health-related negative effects, which also extend to the psychological sphere (i.e., the pediatric “depreobesity” loop). Of note, in children and adolescents, a better knowledge of movement skills (underlying better motivation and levels of confidence) contributes to promoting the continuity of physical activity across the lifespan.

Therefore, the scope of the current Special Issue is to advance knowledge on the development of physical education programs focusing on physical activity and health promotion in children and adolescents. All types of manuscripts are appreciated, especially those regarding the following areas:

  • Teaching styles (physical education, physical activities, sport)
  • Actual and perceived motor competence
  • Product- and process-oriented assessments
  • Physical literacy (including affective, behavioural, physical, and cognitive domains)
  • Teaching–learning process in physical education and physical activities.

Dr. Pietro Luigi Invernizzi
Dr. Athos Trecroci
Prof. Dr. Dario Colella
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • physical education
  • cognitive function
  • motor competence
  • motor skills
  • self-perception
  • self-determination
  • health

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Promoting Children’s Psychomotor Development with Multi-Teaching Didactics
by Pietro Luigi Invernizzi, Gabriele Signorini, Marta Rigon, Alin Larion, Gaetano Raiola, Francesca D’Elia, Andrea Bosio and Raffaele Scurati
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(17), 10939; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191710939 - 01 Sep 2022
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This group randomized control trial examined the dose-response effect of varied combinations of linear and nonlinear pedagogy (enriched physical education with specific program led by specialist vs. conventional physical education led by generalist) for improving first-grade children’s motor creativity, executive functions, self-efficacy, and [...] Read more.
This group randomized control trial examined the dose-response effect of varied combinations of linear and nonlinear pedagogy (enriched physical education with specific program led by specialist vs. conventional physical education led by generalist) for improving first-grade children’s motor creativity, executive functions, self-efficacy, and learning enjoyment. We led three physical education classes per group through 12 weeks of combined instruction, based on linear and nonlinear pedagogy: mostly linear (ML; 80% linear, 20% nonlinear; n = 62); mostly nonlinear (MNL; 20% linear, 80% nonlinear; n = 61); and control (C; conventional teaching from generalists; n = 60). MNL improved in (a) motor creativity ability (DMA; 48.7%, 76.5%, and 47.6% for locomotor, stability, and manipulative tasks, respectively); (b) executive functions (working memory and inhibitory control) for RNG task (14.7%) and task errors (70.8%); (c) self-efficacy (5.9%); and (d) enjoyment (8.3%). In ML, DMA improved by 18.0% in locomotor and 60.9% in manipulative tasks. C improved of 10.5% in enjoyment, and RNG task worsened by 22.6%. MNL improvements in DMA tasks, executive functions, and self-efficacy were significantly better than those in C. ML was better than C in DMA task and in executive functions’ task errors. Overall, ML and MNL approaches were more effective than conventional generalist teaching (C), and the MNL combination of 80% nonlinear and 20% linear pedagogy was optimal. We recommend that educators favor the MNL approach. Full article
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Results from Brazil’s 2022 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents
by Diego Augusto Santos Silva, Andreia Pelegrini, Diego Giulliano Destro Christofaro, Elisa Pinheiro Ferrari, Gerson Ferrari, Kelly Samara Silva, Luiz Rodrigo Augustemak de Lima, Nelson Nardo Júnior, Roberto Jerônimo dos Santos Silva and Valter Cordeiro Barbosa Filho
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(16), 10256; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191610256 - 18 Aug 2022
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This research aims to summarize the process and results of the 2022 Report Card on Physical Activity for Brazilian children and adolescents. A group of experts led by 10 PhD researchers gathered the best possible evidence on physical activity indicators. The Report Card [...] Read more.
This research aims to summarize the process and results of the 2022 Report Card on Physical Activity for Brazilian children and adolescents. A group of experts led by 10 PhD researchers gathered the best possible evidence on physical activity indicators. The Report Card Brazil 2022 included the top 10 indicators of physical activity and sleep, obesity, and poor mental health variables, which made up four dimensions: (I) Daily Behaviors; (II) Settings and Sources of Influence; (III) Government Strategies and Investments; and (IV) Health Outcomes. Comprehensive searches, including peer-reviewed and gray literature searches, were performed for each indicator. Data were considered from systematic reviews, local and national surveys, websites, and official information from the Brazilian Federal Government. Grades from the indicators ranged from F (Active Play) to B (School). In addition, the results found for each indicator were Overall Physical Activity (D), Organized Sport Participation (C−), Active Transportation (C), Sedentary Behaviors (D), Sleep (C), Family and Peers (C−), Community and Environment (C), Government (D+), Physical Fitness (D+), Obesity (11.7%), and Poor Mental Health (37.8%). Successfully strategies for increasing physical activity among Brazilian children and adolescents should look at the different indicators presented in this report. Full article
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Prediction Model for Physical Activity Level in Primary School Students
by Myriam Alvariñas-Villaverde, Javier Martínez-Torres, Belén Toja-Reboredo and Miguel González-Valeiro
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(5), 2987; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19052987 - 04 Mar 2022
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The aim of this study was to provide an explanatory prediction model for physical activity level in children, involving a number of influencing variables. In total, 1971 people participated in the study: 657 primary school students and their respective fathers and mothers from [...] Read more.
The aim of this study was to provide an explanatory prediction model for physical activity level in children, involving a number of influencing variables. In total, 1971 people participated in the study: 657 primary school students and their respective fathers and mothers from 15 schools of Galicia (Spain). The International Questionnaire on Physical Education, Health and Lifestyle was administered. The findings revealed that school year, sex, physical perceived competence and sport practice with friends had a statistically significant relationship on physical activity index. By contrast, the association between the weekly participation of fathers or mothers in sports in the practice of children could not be confirmed. Sport practice with friends was the main predicting variable for physical activity level. Physical perceived competence showed great relevance as well. This knowledge could be of interest to help increase adherence to practice and preventing withdrawal, helping students to stay active and acquire healthy habits for the future. Full article
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