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Current and Future Implications of COVID-19 among Youth Wheelchair Users: 24-Hour Activity Behavior

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Department of Kinesiology, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL 35899, USA
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Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
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Department of Health and Human Performance, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, USA
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Department of Kinesiology, University of North Alabama, Florence, AL 35632, USA
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Department of Human Performance and Sport Sciences, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN 37209, USA
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Human Sciences Research Centre, University of Derby, Derby DE22 1GB, UK
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Academic Editor: Lesley Pritchard
Children 2021, 8(8), 690; https://doi.org/10.3390/children8080690
Received: 1 July 2021 / Revised: 5 August 2021 / Accepted: 8 August 2021 / Published: 11 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Activity and Exercise Science for Children)
Preventative measures taken worldwide to decrease the transmission of COVID-19 have had a tremendous impact on youth. Following social restrictions, youth with and without physical disabilities are engaging in less physical activity, more increased sedentary behavior, and poor sleep habits. Specifically, youth wheelchair users (YWU) are likely disproportionately affected by COVID- 19 and have a higher risk of contraction due to underlying comorbidities. While we cannot control all of the negative long-term implications of COVID-19 for YWU, participation in positive 24-h activity behaviors can decrease chronic disease risk and the likelihood of long-term complications resulting from infection. This commentary is to extend the discourse on the importance of 24-h activity behaviors by focusing on YWU. Specifically, we discuss the importance of chronic disease prevention, provide a brief overview of 24-h activity behaviors, and outline some of the lessons that can be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. View Full-Text
Keywords: youth wheelchair users; physical activity; sedentary behavior; COVID-19 youth wheelchair users; physical activity; sedentary behavior; COVID-19
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Conners, R.T.; Bates, L.C.; Lassalle, P.P.; Zieff, G.; Whitehead, P.N.; Stevens, S.; Killen, L.; Cochrum, R.; Rodebaugh, K.L.; Faghy, M.; Stoner, L. Current and Future Implications of COVID-19 among Youth Wheelchair Users: 24-Hour Activity Behavior. Children 2021, 8, 690. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8080690

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Conners RT, Bates LC, Lassalle PP, Zieff G, Whitehead PN, Stevens S, Killen L, Cochrum R, Rodebaugh KL, Faghy M, Stoner L. Current and Future Implications of COVID-19 among Youth Wheelchair Users: 24-Hour Activity Behavior. Children. 2021; 8(8):690. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8080690

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Conners, Ryan T., Lauren C. Bates, Patricia P. Lassalle, Gabriel Zieff, Paul N. Whitehead, Sandra Stevens, Lauren Killen, Robert Cochrum, Kathryn L. Rodebaugh, Mark Faghy, and Lee Stoner. 2021. "Current and Future Implications of COVID-19 among Youth Wheelchair Users: 24-Hour Activity Behavior" Children 8, no. 8: 690. https://doi.org/10.3390/children8080690

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