Impact of Covid-19 on Teenage Girls’ Physical and Mental Health

by | Apr 4, 2021

A recent study by Women in Sport and Comic Relief shows that the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown period has led girls to recognize the value of exercise for physical and mental health.

The in-depth research was conducted over a two-month period with girls aged between 13 and 16-years-old, who were both active and inactive before the pandemic struck.

There was also a survey completed by 1500 diverse girls in the UK.

The results showed that 52 percent agreed that keeping fit and doing physical activity is important, now more than ever before.

55 percent revealed that being physically active made them happier and 54 percent said it made them feel less stressed.

Based on their findings, Women in Sport have recommended the following to ensure teenage girls are given the support and guidance as sport and physical activity makes a return:
– More opportunities to be provided, both in and out of schools;
– Action by local authorities to ensure outdoor spaces are safe and accessible; and
– Online exercises offers that meet their needs.

On the other hand, 82 percent have vouched to put more effort to be active.

With half the girls (51%) surveyed concerned about losing their fitness and 45 percent worried that it will be hard to get back into the habit of sport and exercise, it is paramount to take into consideration Women in Sport’s recommendations for the future of women’s sport across the globe.

 

Photo 1 Caption: Young girl pictured playing football. Photo: pxfuel

 

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