Research suggests that COVID-19-related lockdowns negatively affect teenagers and especially adolescent girls’ mental health.
In addition, the HERizon Project, I am involved in has found that girls describe the support of others as a leading facilitator and the judgement of others as a leading barrier in engaging in PE. Inactive girls have low confidence in their skills and fitness and often do not want to exercise in the presence of others. Ironically, the lockdown offers an opportunity to study the effectiveness of home exercise for this group. The project builds on the findings of a 2017 study that no significant differences were found between cardiovascular fitness between a lab and home-based exercise. To study adherence for home-based exercise we have involved psychologists who are using Self-Determination Theory to motivate and empower adolescents to take ownership of their health.
Here is the current state of science on a Sparrho pinboard. NB: The pinboard contains research papers that have not been peer-reviewed yet, meaning that they have not gone through the standard scientific validation process yet.
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