Central European Journal of Sport Sciences and Medicine

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Knowledge, Awareness and Impact of Coronavirus Disease Lockdown on Training, Fitness and Personal Parameters: A Survey of Nigerian Athletes

Authors: Kayode Israel Oke
Department of Physiotherapy, School of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin, Benin city, Edo state, Nigeria

Olufemi Opeyemi Ogundiran
Department of Physiotherapy, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa, Osun state, Nigeria

Chidozie Emmanuel Mbada ORCID
Department of Medical Rehabilitation, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state, Nigeria

Ekundayo Ogunkunle
Physiotherapy Division, National Sports Medicine Center, Abuja, Nigeria
Keywords: Nigerian athletes coronavirus disease knowledge awareness lockdown
Year of publication:2021
Page range:9 (67-75)
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The study was to assess the knowledge and awareness of COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact of lockdown restrictions on training, fitness and personal parameters of Nigerian athletes. This cross-sectional study recruited 578 elite athletes through an online survey using WhatsApp platform. An adapted questionnaire was used to obtain information on awareness, knowledge and impact of COVID-19 on athletes’ characteristics. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze data. Alpha level was set at p ≤ 0.05. There was high level of awareness (100%) of COVID-19 pandemic among the respondents. The main source of awareness of COVID-19 was social media (68.4%). Some of the respondents (55.9%) had correct knowledge of COVID-19 causative organism. Age was significantly associated with knowledge about cause (X2 = 85.361; p = 0.002) and spread (X2 = 27.715; p = 0.023) of COVID-19 while gender was significantly associated with knowledge about the spread of the virus (X2 = 4.083; p = 0.043). There were significant differences in physical fitness parameters (p < 0.05), eating pattern and body weight measures ( p < 0.05), and general well-being (p = 0.001). Lockdown had negative impacts on hours of daily training, sleeping and eating patterns, physical fitness elements and the general well-being of the respondents.
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