Special Issue "Healthy Growth: How to Promote it in School-Aged Children and Adolescents"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Children's Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Laura Dallolio
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Unit of Hygiene, Public Health and Medical Statistics, Department of Biomedical and Neuromotor Sciences, University of Bologna, via San Giacomo 12, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Interests: Public Health; Health Promotion; Physical Activity; Hygiene

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Healthy growth refers to a process that comprises physical, mental, emotional and social well-being. It is well known that a healthy growth and development is a key determinant for health throughout the course of life. It is also known that many factors can contribute to it. However, research to better understand this topic and how to promote healthy growth is always needed. This is because investments and interventions in this area can strongly have an impact on population health but can also promote health equity.

As child's growth and development can be divided into different periods with different needs and milestones, we decided to focus this Special Issue on school-aged children and adolescents. We welcome papers that address how to promote a healthy growth and development in this age range from different perspectives and research fields: public health, pedagogy, sociology, psychology, anthropology.

Multidisciplinary papers with both quantitative and qualitative approaches are of particular of interest. We are looking forward to receiving your contribution to create a Special Issue that will provide readers with new insights and practical information on how to promote healthy growth in school-aged children and adolescents.

Prof. Laura Dallolio
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Health
  • Growth
  • Physical Well-Being
  • Mental Well-Being
  • Emotional Well-Being
  • Social Well-Being
  • Lifestyle
  • School-Aged Children
  • Adolescents

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Effects of Anthropometric Growth and Basketball Experience on Physical Performance in Pre-Adolescent Male Players
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(7), 2196; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17072196 (registering DOI) - 25 Mar 2020
Abstract
During pre-adolescence, several variables connected to growth and weight status could influence physical performance and technical skills. This study aims to assess the influence of growth-related anthropometric changes, weight status, and basketball experience on physical performance in pre-adolescent basketball players. The sample consisted [...] Read more.
During pre-adolescence, several variables connected to growth and weight status could influence physical performance and technical skills. This study aims to assess the influence of growth-related anthropometric changes, weight status, and basketball experience on physical performance in pre-adolescent basketball players. The sample consisted of 50 male basketball players (12.2 ± 0.4 years-old) included in the U-13 category. Anthropometric characteristics were collected using standard procedures. Physical performance was evaluated by 20 m Dash, T-test, squat jump, countermovement jump, and medicine ball throw. In order to assess growth-related changes, we conducted two surveys within a 10-week time span. Student’s t-test was used to compare the data collected in the two surveys and multiple regression analyses were performed to assess the effects of growth, weight status, and basketball experience on performance. After 10 weeks there was a significant increase in FFM (Fat-Free Mass) and a significant decrease in fat parameters. Moreover, between the two surveys, all motor tests significantly improved. The results of linear regression models showed that changes in %F (percentage of body fat) were significantly associated with speed and agility, while handgrip strength and weight status were associated with upper limb explosive strength. Basketball experience was a significant predictor of all three motor tests. In conclusion, body composition changes, years of experience, and weight status influenced physical performance and players’ motor skills ability, especially speed, agility, and upper limb explosive strength. Full article
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