Effects of physical exercise on body composition and conditional physical abilities of schoolchildren during COVID-19 confinement

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Glob Pediatric Health. 22 Jan 2022;9:2333794X211062440. doi: 10.1177/2333794X211062440. eCollection 2022.


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, most countries have announced the temporary closure of schools, opting to continue classes virtually, affecting children’s lifestyles, mainly by reducing the practice of physical activity and sport, which becomes a risk factor for the development of obesity and overweight. The objective of the present study was to determine the effects of physical exercise on the body composition of a sample of school-aged children during the COVID-19 confinement. A quantitative approach study and a quasi-experimental design with pre-test and post-test. The sample consisted of 70 school-age children aged 8 to 12 who were randomly assigned to 2 groups: the experimental group (GE: 35), which received an aerobic and anaerobic physical exercise program 3 times per day. With a duration of 60 minutes for 10 weeks virtually and a control group (CG: 35) who only received the physical education class. Although pre-test post-test measures showed favorable changes in body composition, weight, and conditional abilities (speed and jumping), these were not statistically significant (P

PMID:35097162 | PMC: PMC8796106 | DOI:10.1177/2333794X211062440

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