Special Issue "Physical Activity in Childhood and Adolescence"

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Víctor Arufe-Giráldez
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Education, Universidade da Coruña, 15001 A Coruna , Spain
Interests: physical activity; physical education; children; psychomotricity; physical exercise
Prof. Dr. Rubén Navarro Patón
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Education, University of Santiago de Compostela, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Interests: physical activity; physical education; first aid; physical exercise
Prof. Dr. Alberto Sanmiguel-Rodríguez
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Language and Education. University of Camilo José Cela. 28692 Madrid. Spain.
Interests: physical activity; physical education; children; healthy life style; physical exercise

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The latest reports prepared and published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and by different institutions dedicated to health in infancy and childhood warn of a high percentage of sedentary population in children.

The promotion of a healthy lifestyle from childhood can combat and reduce pathologies associated with sedentary lifestyle. The promotion of physical activity in children and adolescents must be one of the main objectives of all countries.

This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) focuses on the current state of knowledge of physical activity in children. New research papers and reviews are welcome to this issue.

We will accept manuscripts from different disciplines, including sports sciences, physical education, medicine, physiotherapy, nutrition, psychology, and sociology, among others, as long as their research theme is physical activity in children.

Prof. Dr. Víctor Arufe-Giráldez
Prof. Dr. Rubén Navarro Patón
Prof. Dr. Alberto Sanmiguel-Rodríguez
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Physical education
  • Physical activity
  • Physical exercise
  • Motor skills
  • Children
  • Adolescents

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Evolution of the Habits of Physical Activity and Television Viewing in Spanish Children and Pre-Adolescents between 1997 and 2017
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(18), 6836; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186836 - 18 Sep 2020
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Background: Promoting healthy lifestyles in children, has become a priority for public health institutions. However, electronic devices with screens encourage sedentary behaviors. The aim of this study was to analyze the evolution of the habits of physical activity practice and television watching in [...] Read more.
Background: Promoting healthy lifestyles in children, has become a priority for public health institutions. However, electronic devices with screens encourage sedentary behaviors. The aim of this study was to analyze the evolution of the habits of physical activity practice and television watching in a cohort of 20 years of research in Spanish children. Methods: A cross-sectional, observational study was based on data from the Spain National Health Surveys between 1997 and 2017 (N = 11,444). The dependent variables considered were the frequency with which the minor practiced physical activity (PA) in his/her spare time, the daily TV viewing habit, and the daily hours of TV viewing. Results: The children who practiced physical activity daily has decreased 7.3% throughout the study period. The proportion of children who watched the television daily for more hours increased significantly (6.3%). Such increase was constant throughout the years, and the analysis by sex showed that the proportion of boys who watched television for more than three hours per day increased three percent, and that of girls increased fourfold. Conclusions: The habits of physical activity practice and television viewing have changed towards sedentary lifestyle. Particularly, the girls and the children between 12 and 14 years showed the most sedentary behavior. Public health policies must consider the differences between sexes in order for such interventions to be effective in the population of pre-adolescents, in general, and girls, in particular. Full article
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