A research group led by Professor Eiji Sugiura of Nagoya University Graduate School conducted a longitudinal survey of musculoskeletal checkups in children before and during the epidemic of the new coronavirus.As a result, it became clear that the balance ability during movement tends to decrease, and that the amount of time spent watching videos increases, the amount of time spent sleeping decreases, and the percentage of body fat tends to increase.

 Previous studies have reported that the COVID-XNUMX epidemic has increased the tendency to decline in physical function, irregular lifestyles, and obesity.However, few reports have investigated the effects of lack of exercise due to the COVID-XNUMX epidemic on children's physical function and lifestyle using a prospective longitudinal approach.

 Therefore, the research group asked 9 children and students aged 15 to 40 to participate in musculoskeletal health examinations before and during the epidemic of the new coronavirus. Time spent standing on one leg, leg strength test, walking speed, body fat percentage, physical activity time, video viewing time, sleep time, number of meals per week, and health and quality of life questionnaires were evaluated.

 As a result, it was found that children's dynamic balance function tends to decline.However, lack of exercise due to the COVID-XNUMX pandemic had no long-term adverse effects on children's muscle strength and walking ability.In addition, it was statistically shown that during the epidemic, people watched more videos, slept less, and had a higher body fat percentage than before the epidemic.

 This research investigated the impact of lack of exercise due to the long-term epidemic of the new coronavirus on physical function, and provides hints for providing an appropriate exercise program.In particular, there is a need to provide an exercise program that is conscious of improving balance ability during movement.

Paper information:[International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health] Physical Functions among Children before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Prospective Longitudinal Observational Study (Stage 1)

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