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Motivational factors in nature sports between exercises and non-exercisers

Roberta Frontini, researcher at ciTechCare is co-author of an article recently published in the Journal of Sport Pedagogy and Research. This work is part of a series of studies coordinated by Professor António Brandão, from the Superior School of Sport and Leisure – Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo (ESDL-IPVC), within a project on Risk and Safety in sports from nature and adventure, where Roberta has collaborated. In this work, the authors tried to understand the motivations for the practice of nature and adventure sports, comparing practitioners and non-practitioners of exercise. The study revealed that the reasons linked to revitalization,

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Relationship between food choice and physical activity in body-image perception among adolescents

A group of researchers from ciTechCare recently published an article in Frontiers in Public Health journal about the association of certain behaviours and factors in the level of body satisfaction of a group of teenagers who were part of the TeenPower project.This study revealed the existence of a high percentage of body dissatisfaction among adolescents, and most of them were not satisfied and wanted to lose weight. The authors highlight the importance of understanding how body (dis)satisfaction affects food preferences and physical activity levels so that, in the future, these factors can be integrated into policies and interventions aimed at

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Commentary: Platform for self-management in Chronic Respiratory Disease

ciTechCare has another publication by invitation, this time a Clinical Commentary about an article where a web platform was developed to optimize self-management after Pulmonary Rehabilitation in people with chronic respiratory disease. This Clinical Commentary was authored by Joana Cruz, lecturer at School of Health Sciences, Polytechnic of Leiria, and researcher at ciTechCare, and was published in the scientific journal Physiotherapy Canada (Journals – University of Toronto Press, doi: 10.3138/ptc-2019-0110-cc).Joana highlights the importance of this type of digital solutions in supporting patient self-management and identifies some difficulties encountered during the implementation of the platform, such as patients’ adherence rates and

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OncoEnergy: Exercise for people with cancer

The researcher Pedro Machado, PhD fellow at ciTechCare, launched the interactive manual “OncoEnergy: Physical exercise manual for people with cancer” (doi: 10.25766/71bf-wx70) on May 21st at the ciTechCare facilities. The idea derived from a group work with fourth grade Physiotherapy students of the School of Health Sciences of the Polytecnic of Leiria.The manual aims to make patients and caregivers aware of the benefits of physical exercise after the diagnosis of cancer and was recently published by the Polytechnic of Leiria, with the institutional support of the Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro and the Portuguese Association of Physiotherapists (Associação Portuguesa de

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Higher levels of physical activity associated with lower levels of anxiety during lockdown

This week there was another publication from the project led by the researcher of ciTechCare Raul Antunes, entitled “Higher Physical Activity Levels May Help Buffer the Negative Psychological Consequences of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic”, published in the Frontiers in Psychology. This work is co-authored by Roberta Frontini and several teachers from the Sport and Wellness course at ESECS – IPLEIRIA.The article intended to understand how people were experiencing the first lockdown in Portugal (April 2020), regarding physical activity and the perceived levels of anxiety. The results showed that higher levels of physical activity were related to lower levels of anxiety

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Grit and mindset in undergraduate Sport Sciences students

Roberta Frontini, researcher at ciTechCare, is the author of the article “Passion, grit and mindset in undergraduate sport sciences students” co-authored by Hermundur Sigmundsson of the NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Raul Antunes (also a researcher at ciTechCare), Ana Filipa Silva, Ricardo Lima and Filipe Manuel Clemente, teachers at the School of Sports and Leisure of the Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo. The article focused on three important variables: passion, grit and mindset, making a comparison between sexes. It also intended to analyse the relationships between these variables. The work was published in the journal New

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