coronavirus, pandemic, sports, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, wellbeing, policy
A number of measures and policies have been implemented globally since March 2020 to combat the spread of COVID-19, including restrictions on movement, activities, and sport. This desk study explores published research investigating the impact of COVID-19 on physical activity and sports participation, as well as published recommendations and national and international policies and campaigns to promote physical activity during periods of restriction. Research indicated that overall activity levels have decreased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with some demographics seeing no change, or an increase, in levels. These differences may be explained by a number of factors including age, gender, access to technology and adequate space (both indoor and outdoor), socio-economic status, prior physical activity levels, and rural or urban living. Promotion of physical activity and sports participation should take into consideration demographic and socio-economic differences when identifying recommendations.