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Research article turned into a book chapter

With the purpose of studying and understanding, during Portuguese coronavirus lockdown, in april, how the physical activity and the anxiety levels were perceived by people, Raul Antunes, Pedro Morouço and Roberta Frontini, researchers at ciTechCare, coauthored the article entitled “Higher physical activity levels may help buffer the negative psychological consequences of Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic”, which was recently integrated as a chapter in Psychological Factors In Physical Education and Sport book. The study shows that higher levels of physical activity are related with lower anxiety levels during the lockdown, underlying the importance of having multidisciplinary teams working on social isolation

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Effect of exercise training on fatigue in colorectal cancer survivors

On World Cancer Day, February 4, we share an article recently published by researchers from ciTechCare in this area, entitled “Effectiveness of exercise training on cancer-related fatigue in colorectal cancer survivors: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials” (journal Supportive Care in Cancer). According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), colorectal cancer is the most incident and deadliest tumor in Portugal. In patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer, fatigue is one of the most common and disabling problems, affecting nearly 70% patients during chemotherapy treatment and lasting for several years after its end. This high prevalence, and

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Aging, falls and resistance training in older adults

Pedro Morouço, investigator at ciTechCare and Director of School of Education and Social Sciences of Polytechnic of Leiria is a co-author of an article entitled “A Review on Aging, Sarcopenia, Falls, and Resistance Training in Community-Dwelling Older Adults”, that was recently published at the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Adopting a more active lifestyle is critical to reducing the number of fall episodes and its consequences. Therefore, it is essential to discuss proven exercise methods to reduce falls and the associated harmful effects. Since muscle mass, muscle strength, bone density, and cartilage function can play significant roles

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What motivates patients with copd to be physically active?

ciTechCare has another article published, this time in the Journal of Clinical Medicine, entitled “What Motivates Patients with COPD to Be Physically Active? A Cross-sectional Study”, developed under the project onTRACK (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-028446). Motivation can be defined as ‘what moves people to act’, and low levels of motivation can lead to low levels of physical activity. This study aimed to explore the motives that people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) value for being physically active, and its relationship to participation in Pulmonary Rehabilitation programmes (an intervention with evidence in improving patients’ health), their clinical characteristics and current physical activity levels. The results show

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Web-based psychotherapy and exercise interventions for depressive and anxiety disorders

Roberta Frontini, researcher at ciTechCare and lecturer at the School of Health at the Polytechnic of Leiria (#ESSLei) and at the School of Arts and Design (#ESAD.CR), was the author of the book chapter “Web-Based Psychotherapy and Exercise Interventions for Depressive and Anxiety Disorders”, together with Lara Carneiro (University of Maia), José Afonso (Faculty of Sports, University of Porto) and Filipe M. Clemente (School of Sports and Leisure, Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo), in the book Digital Therapies in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health (Chap-5, pp. 93-114). Considering the recognition that mental and physical well-being are related in people with

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Characteristics of people with copd using mobile applications

Researchers from the onTRACK project recently published an article entitled “Phenotyping Adopters of Mobile Applications Among Patients With COPD: A Cross-Sectional Study” in the journal Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences. This work aimed to explore whether the demographic, clinical and physical characteristics of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are associated with the use of mobile applications (apps) related to health and physical activity. The results indicate that people with COPD who use mobile apps are younger and have a higher walking speed than those who don’t. Also, people who use physical activity monitoring applications spend more time in sedentary behaviors than

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