Japanese Journal of Applied Sport Sciences
Online ISSN : 2758-0598
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Change in the physical activity level of students during the COVID-19 pandemic:
A serial cross-sectional study of August 2020, December 2020, July 2021 and December 2021
Terue TakashinaKoichi EndoGaku TokitaYusuke SatoMasashi FukamiMana Yamamoto
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2024 Volume 3 Pages 15-24


    The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the amount of physical activity of students, which is mainly associated with the challenges or remaining physically active during the changing student life in the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. This study aimed to clarify the actual situation of studentsʼ physical activity during COVID-19 pandemic from 2020 to 2021. The short version of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire survey was conducted during August and December, 2020, August and December, 2021. Participants were students enrolled in a university in Tokyo, Japan. After screening, the data of 662 and 555 students in August and December in 2020 and 348 and 566 students in July and December in 2021, respectively, were included as valid responses in the analysis dataset. The results showed that the amount of physical activity related to walking and total amount of physical activity were the lowest in August in 2020, whereas the sitting time per day was shortest in December in 2021. From these results, we infer that the physical activity-related changes are attributable to studentsʼ becoming accustomed to COVID-19 and to the changes in their environment.

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