Relationship between physical activity and health-related quality of life in children and adolescents during COVID-19 social distancing


Palabras clave: Bienestar infantil, Autonomía relacional, Apoyo social, Servicios de salud escolar, Educación y formación física


This study aimed to verify the relationship between physical activity with health-related quality (HQOL) of life domains in children and adolescents during COVID-19 social distancing. A Cross-sectional and analytical study with a quantitative approach in a sample of 119 girls and 121 boys aged between 6 to 14 years old. The moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) practice was measured by days a week and HQOL was obtained with Kidscreen-27. We applied descriptive statistics, z-scores conversions, linear correlations, regression graphs, and generalized linear models for each sex with adjustment by age and school grade. The linear correlation between MVPA and HQOL was stronger in boys (46,9%) than girls (14,5%), which may be explained because there is a considerable and stronger relationship between age, and the school grade with HQOL in girls. In another way, in boys only MVPA was associated with total HQOL, one day of MVPA represented an association with 2.36 points of HQOL, without the significant impact of age and school grade, being the double of power relationship than girls (1.16). In conclusion, physical activity was associated with the quality of life of children and adolescents during social distance due to the COVID-19. These findings show the importance of this population to remain physically active so that health parameters are not affected during this period.


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Batista Lemes, V., Brand, C. ., Fernandes Dias, A., Felin Fochesatto, C., Priscila Reuter, C. ., Araujo Gaya, A. C., Mota, J. ., & Reis Gaya, A. (2022). Relationship between physical activity and health-related quality of life in children and adolescents during COVID-19 social distancing. Cuadernos de Psicología del Deporte, 22(3), 238–251.
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