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Special Issue "Physical Activity across the Lifespan"

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".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2022 | Viewed by 1022

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Mirja Hirvensalo
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Faculty of Sport & Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, 40014 Jyväskylä, Finland
Interests: physical activity across the lifespan; promotion of physical activity; inactivity and sedentary behaviour
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Dr. Kasper Salin
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Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, 40014 Jyväskylä, Finland
Interests: physical activity; inactivity; promoting physical activity; physical education; technology in physical education and promoting physical activity; physical fitness; tracking of physical activity; sport club participation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, our understanding of influence of physical activity for public health has increased, and at the same time, we are facing a global epidemic of physical inactivity. As inactivity is increasing, it is widely understood that physical activity is a lifelong habit that will fluctuate over the life course. Physical activity can be divided to different parts, including leisure-time physical activity, occupational physical activity, and commuting physical activity. 

This Special Issue seeks papers on physical activity across the lifespan, concentrating on papers with longitudinal data or cross-sectional data from different time points and life transitions and life events that have a positive or negative influence on activity, such as the birth of a child or retirement. We are especially interested in papers that track physical activity from childhood/adolescence to adulthood or intergenerational transmission of physical activity. Additionally, associations of physical activity in lifespan and health problems (e.g., overweight, obesity), symptoms (e.g., hypertension), morbidity or mortality are warmly welcomed. Papers that concentrate on special population groups are well accepted.

Prof. Dr. Mirja Hirvensalo
Dr. Kasper Salin
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • physical activity
  • tracking
  • lifespan
  • longitudinal study
  • cohort study
  • life transitions
  • life events
  • promotion
  • prevention
  • intervention
  • sedentary behavior

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Examining Adolescent Tennis Participation in Contemporary China Using an Ecological Framework
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(10), 5989; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105989 - 14 May 2022
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Physical activity and sport participation behaviors in children and adolescents are consistently shaped by surrounding ecological systems. Accumulating evidence highlights individual, family, peer, school and teacher, and macroenvironment elements such as policies that affect unstructured physical activity choices in youth populations. However, the [...] Read more.
Physical activity and sport participation behaviors in children and adolescents are consistently shaped by surrounding ecological systems. Accumulating evidence highlights individual, family, peer, school and teacher, and macroenvironment elements such as policies that affect unstructured physical activity choices in youth populations. However, the reason for participation has not been fully interpreted from the perspective of the youth themselves, especially those from an Asian cultural background. In our study, we aimed to better understand the self-identified reasons for adolescents’ participation in non-organized or spontaneous tennis practice in contemporary China. Twenty-six adolescents and informants were recruited in mainland China and participated in semi-structured interviews to provide thick descriptions of their continued tennis participation behaviors. Data were coded and analyzed via NVivo 12. Four themes emerged: (a) Individual characteristics and self-interpretations of tennis culture; (b) microsystems mediating adolescents’ tennis participation; (c) barriers and obstacles impacting tennis participation; and (d) policies and macroenvironments. Adolescent tennis participation is a result of the integration effect of the sociocultural and ecological factors dominated by multifaceted ecological systems. As a particular vision of their physical activity experiences, adolescents’ interpretation of tennis and their broader worldview has been continuously reshaped by concurrent sport and educational policies. Full article
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Young People in the Social World of Physical Activities: Meanings and Barriers
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(9), 5466; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19095466 - 30 Apr 2022
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Physical inactivity has become one of the leading risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and death worldwide. From the future perspective it is alarming that in the group of young people few meet the recommendations. In this respect, physical activity promotion in general [...] Read more.
Physical inactivity has become one of the leading risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and death worldwide. From the future perspective it is alarming that in the group of young people few meet the recommendations. In this respect, physical activity promotion in general and physical education have challenges and new approaches are needed. In this study, the theoretical framework is based on the physical activity relationship (PAR) approach and the barriers were grouped according to the ecological model. The aim of the study was firstly to present both the meanings and barriers of physical activity in a comprehensive Finnish population of 11–15 year old (n = 2728) and secondly to examine how the number of important meanings and mentioned barriers associate with each other with physical activity levels. Data were collected using a questionnaire. To examine how the meanings and barriers associate with each other and with the PA level, chi-squared test (χ2), Pearson correlation and General linear model (ANCOVA) were used. Logistic regression was applied to estimate effect sizes by odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals. According to the results, the associations between physical activity with the meanings and barriers were reverse and linear. The more important the meanings were found to be, the more likely the study participants were physically active, whereas the more barriers participants reported, the less active they were. The approach which utilizes meanings and barriers has a lot of untapped potential for the promotion of physical activity and physical education. With the right actions, some barriers could be removed or dampened, and by opening up and deepening meanings, PAR could be strengthened. Full article
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