COVID-19 lockdown affects childrens’ motor competence

Study by André Pombo, Carlos Luz, Cristina Sá, Luís Paulo Rodrigues, and Rita Cordovil tests how forced physical inactivity, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, disturbed childrens’ motor competence. The results are alarming.

For the first time, there is direct and factual evidence on the effects of lack of movement on children’s motor competence development. They assessed 114 boys and girls aged from 6 to 9, before and after the lockdown. This research, recently published in the Children (MDPI) academic journal, shows that compared to the expected normative pathway, children have significantly regressed. Pombo, Luz, and Cordovil research fellows at CIPER (BIOLAD).

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