Special Issue "Physical Activity during the COVID-19 Pandemic"

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: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Jennifer L. Scheid
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Health Promotion and Physical Therapy, Daemen College, Amherst, NY 14226, USA
Interests: female athlete triad; metabolsim; exercise; fitness; food intake; measuring physical activity; wearable technology
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Dear Colleagues,

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic.  Shortly after this time, many countries entered a pause, lockdown, or shelter in place. Since that time, exercise and physical activity behavior has changed to a high proportion of at-home and virtual workouts. Additionally, while the WHO does not recommend wearing a mask while exercising and the Center for Disease and Control Prevention in the United States recognizes that it may be difficult to wear a mask during high intensity physical activities, there are many governing bodies that require the use of a face mask during physical activity in public areas. 

For this Special Issue “Physical Activity during the COVID-19 Pandemic” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, we invite submissions that examine issues related to physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic (physiological or psychosocial). We also welcome submissions on Special Issues related to physical activity behavior during COVID-19 and the impact of physical activity while wearing a face covering. High-quality narrative and systematic reviews will also be considered.  All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by experts in the field and are due in March 2022.

Dr. Jennifer L. Scheid
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • exercise
  • physical activity
  • at-home workouts
  • virtual exercise
  • masks
  • face coverings
  • pandemic

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Predictors of Changes in Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior during the COVID-19 Pandemic in a Turkish Migrant Cohort in Germany
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(18), 9682; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18189682 - 14 Sep 2021
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The new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting response measures have led to severe limitations of people’s exercise possibilities with diminished physical activity (PA) and increased sedentary behavior (SB). Since for migrant groups in Germany, no data is available, this study aimed to [...] Read more.
The new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the resulting response measures have led to severe limitations of people’s exercise possibilities with diminished physical activity (PA) and increased sedentary behavior (SB). Since for migrant groups in Germany, no data is available, this study aimed to investigate factors associated with changes in PA and SB in a sample of Turkish descent. Participants of a prospective cohort study (adults of Turkish descent, living in Berlin, Germany) completed a questionnaire regarding COVID-19 related topics including PA and SB since February 2020. Changes in PA and SB were described, and sociodemographic, migrant-related, and health-related predictors of PA decrease and SB increase were determined using multivariable regression analyses. Of 106 participants, 69% reported a decline of PA, 36% reported an increase in SB. PA decrease and SB increase seemed to be associated with inactivity before the pandemic as well as with the female sex. SB increase appeared to be additionally associated with educational level and BMI. The COVID-19 pandemic and the response measures had persistent detrimental effects on this migrant population. Since sufficient PA before the pandemic had the strongest association with maintaining PA and SB during the crisis, the German government and public health professionals should prioritize PA promotion in this vulnerable group. Full article
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