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Coping, COVID-19, Physical activity, Stress
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The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is the most recent threat to global health (Fauci, Lane, & Redfield, 2020), impacting university students’ mental and physical health. Few studies currently exist that investigate the impact of online learning and COVID-19 have on stress and coping in university students (Bao, 2020; Xiao et al., 2020). Therefore, the purpose of the study was to investigate if students were using physical activity as a coping strategy for stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. An online survey assessing student stress, physical activity, and coping flexibility was completed by 276 undergraduate students (mean age 21.1 ± 2.7 years). Findings indicated that physical activity (p < .005) and coping flexibility (p < .001) significantly predicted the odds of an undergraduate student using physical activity as a coping strategy, whereas student stress did not (p = .082). As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into its’ second year, future research on stress, physical activity, and coping should continue in order to help promote physical and mental health among university students.
Fulcher, Jory, "University Students Using Physical Activity as a Coping Strategy During the COVID-19 Pandemic" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 8881.