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Kinesiology ; 54(2):335-346, 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-2205498


The imposition of COVID-19 lockdown restricted the daily activities of many people, including athletes. This study investigated the training practices of athletes in the Philippines during the early COVID-19 lockdown. A total of 442 athletes answered an online survey (May-July 2020), with questions pertaining to training practices, such as training frequency and duration. Data were analyzed according to: athlete classification (world-class, international, national, state, or recreational), sport category (individual or team), and sex (male or female). During lockdown, significant reductions in training frequency (except recreational, i.e., lower pre-lockdown training) and duration were observed for all athletic classifications. Similarly, training frequency and duration decreased significantly irrespective of sport category and sex. World class athletes appeared to be less affected by lockdown (types of exercise and specific training) as compared to lower-classification athletes. Athletes grouped in accordance with sex and sport category demonstrated little to no difference in training practices during the COVID-19 lockdown. The findings of the current study highlight the challenges experienced by athletes during lockdown, which may aid policy makers in the development of guidelines related to lockdown or lockdown-like situations to establish appropriate support for affected athletes. © 2022, University of Zagreb - Faculty of Kinesiology. All rights reserved.

Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences ; 10:607-608, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2066709


I read with great interest the systematic review of Prabawa et al. “Physical Rehabilitation Therapy for Long COVID-19 Patient with Respiratory Sequelae: A Systematic Review”. The rational of this systematic review is very interesting, since it discusses the rehabilitation therapy for long coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) syndrome with respiratory sequelae. In COVID-19, physical rehabilitation is a new management axis, and studies related to its impacts on COVID-19 patients’ data are scarce. In their paper, Prabawa et al. have included one Tunisian study (Benzarti W, et al. General practitioners should provide the cardiorespiratory rehabilitation’ ‘minimum advice’ for long COVID-19 patients. Lib J Med. 2022;17(1):2009101) published by the authors of this correspondence. However, three remarks related to the following points were noted: i) Citation of a wrong country of Benzarti et al., ii) Publishing a figure belonging to Benzarti et al. without obtaining the authors’ permission, and iii) Omission to develop a chapter for nutrition rehabilitation. The present Letter to Editor is an appeal for a more rigor when reporting data from previous publications (eg;avoid mistakes related to the country of the first author), and is a remain that permission is needed if some authors want to use a figure created by somebody else.

International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health [Electronic Resource] ; 18(8):19, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1210093


BACKGROUND: The COVID-19 lockdown could engender disruption to lifestyle behaviors, thus impairing mental wellbeing in the general population. This study investigated whether sociodemographic variables, changes in physical activity, and sleep quality from pre- to during lockdown were predictors of change in mental wellbeing in quarantined older adults. METHODS: A 12-week international online survey was launched in 14 languages on 6 April 2020. Forty-one research institutions from Europe, Western-Asia, North-Africa, and the Americas, promoted the survey. The survey was presented in a differential format with questions related to responses "pre" and "during" the lockdown period. Participants responded to the Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale, the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) questionnaire, and the short form of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire. RESULTS: Replies from older adults (aged >55 years, n = 517), mainly from Europe (50.1%), Western-Asia (6.8%), America (30%), and North-Africa (9.3%) were analyzed. The COVID-19 lockdown led to significantly decreased mental wellbeing, sleep quality, and total physical activity energy expenditure levels (all p < 0.001). Regression analysis showed that the change in total PSQI score and total physical activity energy expenditure (F<sub>(2, 514)</sub> = 66.41 p < 0.001) were significant predictors of the decrease in mental wellbeing from pre- to during lockdown (p < 0.001, R<sup>2</sup>: 0.20). CONCLUSION: COVID-19 lockdown deleteriously affected physical activity and sleep patterns. Furthermore, change in the total PSQI score and total physical activity energy expenditure were significant predictors for the decrease in mental wellbeing.