Training practices of Filipino athletes during the early COVID-19 lockdown

Jeffrey Cayaban Pagaduan*, Jad Adrian Washif, Isabel Krug, Achraf Ammar, Helmi Ben Saad, Carl James, Cristina Cortis, Khaled Trabelsi, Monoem Haddad, Daniel Bok, Bahar Hassanmirzaei, Leonardo Jose Mataruna-Dos-santos, Jorge Pérez-Gómez, Abdulaziz Farooq, Yung Sheng Chen, Paul Gastin, Karim Chamari

*Corresponding author for this work

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The imposition of COVID-19 lockdown restricted the daily activities of many people, including athletes. This study investigated the training practices of athletes in the Philippines during the early COVID-19 lockdown. A total of 442 athletes answered an online survey (May-July 2020), with questions pertaining to training practices, such as training frequency and duration. Data were analyzed according to: athlete classification (world-class, international, national, state, or recreational), sport category (individual or team), and sex (male or female). During lockdown, significant reductions in training frequency (except recreational, i.e., lower pre-lockdown training) and duration were observed for all athletic classifications. Similarly, training frequency and duration decreased significantly irrespective of sport category and sex. World class athletes appeared to be less affected by lockdown (types of exercise and specific training) as compared to lower classification athletes. Athletes grouped in accordance with sex and sport category demonstrated little to no difference in training practices during the COVID-19 lockdown. The findings of the current study highlight the challenges experienced by athletes during lockdown, which may aid policy makers in the development of guidelines related to lockdown or lockdown-like situations to establish appropriate support for affected athletes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-346
Number of pages12
Issue number2
Early online date19 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

User-Defined Keywords

  • movement restriction
  • home training
  • remote training
  • sports training
  • SARS-CoV-2


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