About this Research Topic
In this Research Topic, we aim to investigate: (1) the benefits that people affected by mental disorders (e.g. depression, anxiety, cognitive impairment) gain from physical activity, and the risks or barriers they encounter when participating in exercises (e.g. sports injury, sports accident, lack of compliance); (2) exercise or physical activity prescriptions for preventive or therapeutic purposes of mental disorders, especially for people who are limited in indoor living space (e.g. people in quarantine or telecommuting, people receive medical treatment or nursery care at home for the scarceness of medical resources).
This Research Topic hopes to attract studies providing cutting edge research that enhances our evidence base related to the benefits, risks and prescription of physical activity in people affected by mental disorders. We welcome studies that focus on the following lines of inquiry:
• Original research, systematic review and meta-analysis examining the benefits or risks and the potential mechanisms of physical activity in people with mental disorders.
• Intervention studies, as well as guideline studies shed light on the prescription of physical activity for preventive or therapeutic purposes of mental disorders.
• Longitudinal or cross-sectional studies demonstrating physical activity pattern of people affected by mental disorders.
• Process evaluation reporting challenges, facilitators, and barriers to the implementation of physical activity interventions on mental disorders in healthcare and the wider community context.
Keywords: physical activity, sports, mental disorders, depression, anxiety, cognitive impairment, exercise prescription, health promotion
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