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Dimitrios Aivazidis, Fotini Venetsanou, Nikolaos Aggeloussis, Vassilios Gourgoulis and Antonis Kambas

A considerable amount of research has established the vital role of children’s participation in physical activity (PA) for the enhancement of various aspects of health. 1 , 2 Among them, sustaining a healthy body weight seems to be of paramount importance, because childhood obesity has reached

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Matthew Jenkins, Elaine A. Hargreaves and Ken Hodge

Globally, many individuals fail to maintain physical activity (PA), and this is recognized as negatively contributing to public health ( World Health Organization, 2018 ). Therefore, investigating factors that support PA maintenance is an important endeavour ( Anderson, Mota, & Pietro, 2016 ). The

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Heather Hayes Betz, Joey C. Eisenmann, Kelly R. Laurson, Katrina D. DuBose, Mathew J. Reeves, Joseph J. Carlson and Karin A. Pfeiffer

, 26 ) and between body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure ( 2 , 28 , 49 ). Physical activity, a cornerstone in the prevention and treatment of obesity and cardiovascular disease, has been shown to be inversely related to fatness in both children and adults ( 16 ), but the relationship between

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Mallory S. Kobak, Andrew Lepp, Michael J. Rebold, Hannah Faulkner, Shannon Martin and Jacob E. Barkley

Participation in sedentary behavior in lieu of physical activity has been associated with an increased risk of overweight and obesity in children ( 1 , 21 , 22 , 28 , 30 ). This association is the impetus behind the large number of scientific studies that have sought to better understand children

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Komeil Dashti Rostami, Aynollah Naderi and Abbey Thomas

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury occurs frequently during athletic activity, precipitating numerous immediate and long-term consequences such as pain, disability, and ultimately joint degeneration. 1 In many individuals with ACL injury, altered movement patterns have been demonstrated

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Marianne Jover, Mathilde Cellier and Celine Scola

vocalizing, as well as imitation and general motor activity ( Trevarthen, 1986 ). However, the contribution of motor behavior to early communication and its development has seldom been studied. According to Thelen ( 1981 ), very early on, the repetitive nature of infants’ rhythmic movements lends them a

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Jordan Deneau, Sean Horton and Paula M. van Wyk

As the global population ages dramatically ( United Nations, 2017 ), active aging and age-friendly initiatives are becoming nearly ubiquitous in developed nations ( del Barrio, Marsillas, Buffel, Smetcoren, & Sancho, 2018 ). Despite attempts to improve physical activity levels among older adults

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T. Nicole Kirk and Justin A. Haegele

The health-related benefits of physical activity have been well-documented. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( 2014 ) has recognized the role of regular physical activity participation in the prevention of lifestyle-related conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and

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Viviene A. Temple, Dawn L. Lefebvre, Stephanie C. Field, Jeff R. Crane, Beverly Smith and Patti-Jean Naylor

-being of children ( Cushon, Vu, Janzen, & Muhajarine, 2011 ), children’s physical activity levels ( Simen-Kapeu & Veugelers, 2010 ; Singh, Kogan, Siahpush, & van Dyck, 2008 ), and school readiness ( Santos, Brownell, & Ekuma, 2012 ). Disadvantage in childhood is also associated with the manifestation of

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Tracy Nau, Karen Lee, Ben J. Smith, William Bellew, Lindsey Reece, Peter Gelius, Harry Rutter and Adrian Bauman

Action Plan on Physical Activity (GAPPA) 10 has stipulated 4 strategic objectives including “active societies,” “active environments,” “active people,” and “active systems,” while identifying explicit policy actions to guide the comprehensive approach required to tackle inactivity within populations