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Published: 2021-03-26

Effects of a Virtual Physical Activity Program within the Context of Social Distancing During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Physical Education Unit, Western Campus, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
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Keven Santamaria-Guzman

Mr. Keven Santamaria-Guzman is an Instructor professor at the University of Costa Rica. He holds a Master's degree in Human Movement Sciences from the University of Costa Rica. His research focuses on biomechanical performance, kinematics, footwear impact on performance and athlete’s injury prevention, athlete’s performance. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Network for Research in Human Movement Sciences. He also collaborates with the Holistic Program for Older People at the University of Costa Rica and the International Triathlon Union.

Physical Education Unit, Western Campus, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
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Mynor Rodriguez-Hernandez

Dr. Mynor Rodriguez-Hernandez lives in San Ramon, Costa Rica. He is a Full Professor at the University of Costa Rica, Western Campus. His research focuses on projects that would impact community needs regarding physical activity, health, and quality of life. All contributions of physical activity behavior, sedentary behavior, sitting time, breaking sedentary time to health and quality of life. And possible ways to increase exercise adherence in adult populations. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the International Society for Physical Activity and Health, and the American Network for Research in Human Movement Sciences. He has participated as a presenter in international conferences. Dr. Rodriguez-Hernandez collaborates as a reviewer of reputed journals related to the field of human movement sciences.

School of Physical Education and Sports, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
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Jose Moncada-Jimenez

Dr. José Moncada-Jiménez holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Costa Rica, a post-doctoral internship at Baylor University in Texas, USA, and postgraduate studies at The Ohio State University, in Ohio, USA. He also holds an M.Sc. in Movement Sciences with a specialization in Exercise Physiology from Springfield College, in Massachusetts, USA. He is the founder of the Human Movement Sciences Research Center (CIMOHU) of the Vice-rectory for Research of the University of Costa Rica. He has taught courses in research methods, statistical analysis, exercise physiology, and measurement and evaluation. He is currently a full-time professor and researcher at the University of Costa Rica.

Physical activity Social distancing Virtuality College students

Abstract

To determine the effects of a virtual physical activity (PA) program in college students during social distancing due to COVID-19. 44 college students, male and female. Methods: Participants completed self-reported measures of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire, weekly PA, and a short-survey of the educational experience during social distancing. Participants completed the instruments at baseline and after 10-weeks of an on-line virtual PA program. Increased overall PA (p = 0.040) and transportation PA (p = 0.004), leisure-time PA (p = 0.031) domains increased following the program. The sitting time increased following the intervention (p = 0.0001). Students who failed to comply with at least 150 min/week of PA reduced the frequency of positive emotions compared to those who complied (p = 0.017). Social distancing and daily college tasks seem to lessen the effect of PA on sedentary behavior in college students regardless of an increase in PA.

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Santamaria-Guzman, K. ., Rodriguez-Hernandez, M., & Moncada-Jimenez, J. (2021). Effects of a Virtual Physical Activity Program within the Context of Social Distancing During the Covid-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Physical Education, Fitness and Sports, 10(1), 34-44. https://doi.org/10.34256/ijpefs2115

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