Children and young people should be physically active as much and as often as possible. This applies always and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to massive restrictions in the everyday lives of children and young people. Following hygiene and distance rules, vaccination and staying away from sports with typical SARS-CoV-2 symptoms can minimize the occurrence of infection foci and the transmission of SARS-CoV-2. However, if an infection does occur, there is only a low risk of serious secondary/accompanying diseases, in particular the occurrence of myocarditis with a possible fatal course.
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The benefits of physical activity for the healthy development of children and adolescents are now undisputed. Therefore, recommendations for physical activity based on current ­scientific knowledge are installed. Although there are national differences, the primary goal is to motivate children and ­adolescents in different settings to be more active and less inactive. The extent to which this is possible or what factors are necessary at a political, scientific and actor-oriented level is critically discussed in this article.
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