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Physical Activity in Children’s Health and Cognition


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1University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

2Texas A&M University, College Station, USA

3University of South Florida, Tampa, USA

4Iowa State University, Ames, USA

5Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China


Physical Activity in Children’s Health and Cognition

Description

Physical inactivity has been a major public health concern in many industrialized countries. In the past decade, children are becoming less physically active partially due to technology advancement and societal changes, leading to dramatic increases in the prevalence of obesity and other chronic diseases (i.e., hypertension, type 2 diabetes). Participating in regular physical activity plays a key role in the prevention of and reduction in childhood obesity and chronic diseases, thereby contributing to the prevention of chronic diseases later in adulthood. In addition, recent studies suggest that increased physical activity influences cognitive functions in children, affecting executive functioning (e.g., working memory, cognitive flexibility). However, few studies have investigated the effects of physical activity on brain health in children. In addition, the previous studies targeted only older children and adolescents, missing an opportunity to examine physical activity interventions earlier in childhood to improve health outcomes and cognition during a critical period in child development.

In response, we invite investigators to contribute original research articles and review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to understand the relationships between physical activity, health, and cognitive development among children. In this special issue, we are particularly interested in articles examining the effectiveness of physical activity on various health outcomes and cognition in early childhood, as well as correlates and determinants of physical activity and sedentary behaviors from early childhood to middle childhood.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Trials investigating effectiveness of physical activity on various health outcomes, including biomarkers, psychological, and mental health
  • Trials exploring effects of physical activity programs on children’s cognitive development and brain health
  • Observation studies examining correlates and determinants of physical activity and sedentary behaviors in children
  • Longitudinal cohort studies exploring trajectory changes of children’s physical activity and health outcomes
  • Descriptive studies examining the current status of physical activity and sedentary behaviors in children
  • Feasibility studies investigating innovative physical activity programs on health and cognition in early childhood
  • Correlation studies examining relationships among children’s physical activity, cognitive and brain health, and academic achievement
  • Studies investigating the role of physical activity in promoting health and learning in children with developmental disorders

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 8542403
  • - Editorial

Physical Activity in Children’s Health and Cognition

Zan Gao | Senlin Chen | ... | Ping Xiang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 2539748
  • - Research Article

Impact of Coordinated-Bilateral Physical Activities on Attention and Concentration in School-Aged Children

Heidi Buchele Harris | Kai Schnabel Cortina | ... | Weiyun Chen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 8790283
  • - Research Article

The Effect of an Authentic Acute Physical Education Session of Dance on Elementary Students’ Selective Attention

P. H. Kulinna | M. Stylianou | ... | R. Colby
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 2802803
  • - Research Article

Criterion-Related Validity of a Simple Muscle Strength Test to Assess Whole Body Muscle Strength in Chinese Children Aged 10 to 12 Years

Liqin Yin | Changfa Tang | Xia Tao
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 1825046
  • - Clinical Study

The Effects of Structured Physical Activity Program on Social Interaction and Communication for Children with Autism

Mengxian Zhao | Shihui Chen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 9801258
  • - Research Article

Physical Fitness, Grit, School Attendance, and Academic Performance among Adolescents

Jonathan M. Cosgrove | Yen T. Chen | Darla M. Castelli
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 6264254
  • - Research Article

The Relationship of Motor Coordination, Visual Perception, and Executive Function to the Development of 4–6-Year-Old Chinese Preschoolers’ Visual Motor Integration Skills

Ying Fang | Jingmei Wang | ... | Jinliang Qin
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 7540147
  • - Research Article

Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors of Urban Chinese Children: Grade Level Prevalence and Academic Burden Associations

Xihe Zhu | Justin A. Haegele | ... | Xueping Wu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 8080473
  • - Research Article

Physical Activity in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cerebral Palsy

Lisa Waltersson | Elisabet Rodby-Bousquet
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 2760716
  • - Review Article

Effects of Physical Activity on Motor Skills and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood: A Systematic Review

Nan Zeng | Mohammad Ayyub | ... | Zan Gao
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