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Reduced physical activity and increased sedentary behaviour: The damage on young people during the COVID-19 pandemic

OWEN, Alison and Bould, Kathryn (2021) Reduced physical activity and increased sedentary behaviour: The damage on young people during the COVID-19 pandemic. British Journal of Child Health. ISSN 2633-5417

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Health childhood development is fostered through movement behaviours, including sufficient physical activity (Moore et al. 2020). This article reviews some of the recently published global studies that have examined the impact of COVID-19 on children’s physical activity and sedentary behaviours, the majority of which have indicated that children’s physical activity behaviours have lessened significantly during these times, while their sedentary behaviours have risen significantly. The authors then go on to make some suggestions of ways in which to encourage and foster physical activity for both children and their families, for example by showing people different ways of staying active, and offering other opportunities for physical activity, as well as ensuring the feeling of staying safe and protected.

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Additional Information: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Child Health, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Alison OWEN
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2021 15:37
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2023 13:26
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