Health Promotionin Children andAdolescentsthrough Sport andPhysical Activities

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This Special Issue entitled ”Health Promotion in Children and Adolescents through Sportand Physical Activities” was developed after I received an interesting phone call from GiuseppeMusumeci, a friend and colleague who, in my opinion, is brilliantly driving JFMK to success.Giuseppe motivated me to manage a Special Issue ( SI), and after a short interaction with himand some personal study, I decided to address the topic of this SI to the area mentioned above.Although the title of this SI may seem a bit broad, since the beginning, my intention has been clear:to try to collect more information about the impact that human movement has on the physical andpsychological conditions of subjects during all stages of development, also known as the pediatricage. I admit I was surprised when submissions started rolling in. There were many exciting works(unfortunately, we had to reject a few of them for a variety of reasons), and in the end we collected 13contributions in a short period. In brief, I will present here the core message that this SI book aims toshare with the readers. The first part of the book contains three interesting editorials that fit perfectlywith the SI’s purposes. Sarah West et al. point out the importance of “research that longitudinallyassesses how lifelong physical activity () contributes to life expectancy and mortality”, while AmbraGentile presents an interesting project supported by the European Commission addressing sportsand human movement as valid methods of preventing violence and social exclusion. The thirdeditorial by Marianna Alesi et al. also reports on a European initiative concerning cognitive andmotivational monitoring during enriched sports activities. Interestingly, these three articles havemany common points, and the central role of human movement is the driving factor. Among thesubsequent contributions, readers will find an interesting review by Riggs Klika et al., in whichthe terms cancer, pediatric age, and exercise have been properly investigated and presented. LauraKabiri et al. presents data that support the importance of being active at a young age, while RyanD. Burn and You Fu investigated the interrelationships among motor competence and health-relatedvariables during the pediatric age. The matter of motor competence is addressed by Charlotte JHHall et al., who suggest that good motor competence is an important correlate of children meetingphysical activity guidelines for health. In an original investigation, Yolanda Demetriu et al. providefirst insights into how a sports-oriented school can promote students’ physical literacy and optimalcognitive performance. Cain CT Clark et al. investigated motor skills in children and highlightedthe importance of gender differences, while the work of Michael PR Sheldrick et al. reports thatsufficient MVPA and excessive screen time were associated with healthy and unhealthy factors,respectively, with relationships sometimes differing by sex. Ewan Thomas and Antonio Palma reportthat it is possible to consider age-related performance measures to develop exercise interventionsthat follow the growth characteristics of schoolchildren, while Francisco Tavares et al., in their originalinvestigation, encourage the development of power capacities in the late youth phase when preparingathletes for the senior competition level. Now, at the end of this journey through all the scientificcontributions that I had the honor of managing, I want to say thank you to all the lovely people atthe MDPI Editorial Office. I felt supported and encouraged to be creative and productive, a
Original languageEnglish
PublisherMDPI
Number of pages161
ISBN (Print)978-3-03897-887-9; 978-3-03897-886-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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