Research Topic

Sports and Active Living during the Covid-19 Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced an unprecedented global shut-down. The impacts on sport and active living have been transformative, complex and highly uneven. Sport mega events and sport leagues have been cancelled/closed or postponed, and fitness centers, rehabilitation centers, and sport clubs have all been negatively impacted. Closed schools require changes to the physical education. Sport businesses have been threatened with bankruptcy and exercise professionals lose their jobs. At the same time, online physical training is more available than ever. The loss of training facilities as social locations has potentially huge health impacts for the individuals. Although this is a global pandemic, with many nations following the same general path in terms of lockdowns and social distancing, it has affected different nations and regions in different ways with different intensities.

Some nations have had several weeks of social distancing, and even curfew, with huge impacts on lifestyle behaviors, health and wellbeing, and negative effects on clubs and organizations in sport and outdoor life. For individuals with severe illnesses due to Covid-19 infections, there are uncertainties about the potential role of exercise in context of rehabilitation.

The Covid-19 pandemic has physiological, psychological, social and societal burdens, yet might also provide possibilities. The goal of this Research Topic is to focus on diverse aspects of sports and active living during the Covid-19 breakout and lockdown. Sports and active living include the contexts of elite sport, organized sport, recreational sport and exercise, exercise in rehabilitation, leisure-time exercise and physical activity, school-based physical activity and sport, physical education, active transportation, work-based physical activity and exercise, outdoor life etc. Furthermore, it includes indoor facilities, outdoor facilities and online training. We welcome studies at different scalar levels (local, regional, national, international and/or global), and with different level on social actors (individual, group, organizational and societal). The studies may also consider, but are not limited to, sport user groups such as athletes, coaches, fans and viewers, managers, exercise professionals, pupils, teachers, and health and social service users. They may also include, for example, organizations, associations and federations, governments, policymakers, campaign groups and media. We also welcome comparative studies, interdisciplinary studies and studies that cover scientific and policy debates with regards to sports and active living during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We aim to publish a collection of articles (Original Research, Review, Mini Review, Brief Research Reports, Perspective, Conceptual Analysis and Opinion) that cover one or more of the following themes:

• Consequences of lock-down for sports federations and clubs
• Coach and/or athlete perspectives of the lock-down and the infection risk
• Consequences of lock-down for the fitness training industry
• Use of online training during Covid-19
• Physical activity behavior and physical fitness in various population groups during the Covid-19 pandemic e.g. mental health service users, clinical populations, children and adolescents, elderly
• School-based physical activity during home-school
• Consequences of lock-down for rehabilitation centers using physical activity and behavior change strategies as treatment
• Socio-economic factors and sport-related activities during the lock-down
• The use of outdoor activities during Covid-19
• Sport events and mega-events in relation to Covid-19
• The economic and commercial aspects of Covid-19 for sport
• Sport governance and management with respect to Covid-19
• Sport media and Covid-19
• The role of the individual versus the team in sport training and advancement during the Covid-19 lockdown

Due to the exceptional nature of the COVID-19 situation, Frontiers is waiving all article publishing charges for COVID-19 related research in this Research Topic until the 31st of July 2020. Contact sports@frontiersin.org for more info.


Keywords: covid-19, exercise, health, leadership, sedentary behavior


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced an unprecedented global shut-down. The impacts on sport and active living have been transformative, complex and highly uneven. Sport mega events and sport leagues have been cancelled/closed or postponed, and fitness centers, rehabilitation centers, and sport clubs have all been negatively impacted. Closed schools require changes to the physical education. Sport businesses have been threatened with bankruptcy and exercise professionals lose their jobs. At the same time, online physical training is more available than ever. The loss of training facilities as social locations has potentially huge health impacts for the individuals. Although this is a global pandemic, with many nations following the same general path in terms of lockdowns and social distancing, it has affected different nations and regions in different ways with different intensities.

Some nations have had several weeks of social distancing, and even curfew, with huge impacts on lifestyle behaviors, health and wellbeing, and negative effects on clubs and organizations in sport and outdoor life. For individuals with severe illnesses due to Covid-19 infections, there are uncertainties about the potential role of exercise in context of rehabilitation.

The Covid-19 pandemic has physiological, psychological, social and societal burdens, yet might also provide possibilities. The goal of this Research Topic is to focus on diverse aspects of sports and active living during the Covid-19 breakout and lockdown. Sports and active living include the contexts of elite sport, organized sport, recreational sport and exercise, exercise in rehabilitation, leisure-time exercise and physical activity, school-based physical activity and sport, physical education, active transportation, work-based physical activity and exercise, outdoor life etc. Furthermore, it includes indoor facilities, outdoor facilities and online training. We welcome studies at different scalar levels (local, regional, national, international and/or global), and with different level on social actors (individual, group, organizational and societal). The studies may also consider, but are not limited to, sport user groups such as athletes, coaches, fans and viewers, managers, exercise professionals, pupils, teachers, and health and social service users. They may also include, for example, organizations, associations and federations, governments, policymakers, campaign groups and media. We also welcome comparative studies, interdisciplinary studies and studies that cover scientific and policy debates with regards to sports and active living during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We aim to publish a collection of articles (Original Research, Review, Mini Review, Brief Research Reports, Perspective, Conceptual Analysis and Opinion) that cover one or more of the following themes:

• Consequences of lock-down for sports federations and clubs
• Coach and/or athlete perspectives of the lock-down and the infection risk
• Consequences of lock-down for the fitness training industry
• Use of online training during Covid-19
• Physical activity behavior and physical fitness in various population groups during the Covid-19 pandemic e.g. mental health service users, clinical populations, children and adolescents, elderly
• School-based physical activity during home-school
• Consequences of lock-down for rehabilitation centers using physical activity and behavior change strategies as treatment
• Socio-economic factors and sport-related activities during the lock-down
• The use of outdoor activities during Covid-19
• Sport events and mega-events in relation to Covid-19
• The economic and commercial aspects of Covid-19 for sport
• Sport governance and management with respect to Covid-19
• Sport media and Covid-19
• The role of the individual versus the team in sport training and advancement during the Covid-19 lockdown

Due to the exceptional nature of the COVID-19 situation, Frontiers is waiving all article publishing charges for COVID-19 related research in this Research Topic until the 31st of July 2020. Contact sports@frontiersin.org for more info.


Keywords: covid-19, exercise, health, leadership, sedentary behavior


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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