Claudio R Nigg

Claudio R Nigg
Universität Bern | UniBe · Institute of Sport Science

PhD

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January 2020 - January 2020
Universität Bern
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While physical activity and diet behaviors are correlated, mechanisms underlying associations have rarely been examined. This study examined associations between physical activity identity and eating identity among college-aged adults in Hawai'i to provide guidance for future multiple behavior change interventions. This study was a cross-sectional...
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It is unclear how different day parts are related to each other in terms of children’s physical activity (PA) or sedentary behavior (SB) and how moderators (sex, weight status or age) affect this. As many health interventions aim to increase PA and decrease SB, knowledge about same-day PA and SB patterns is important and related to practical implic...
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Objectives Studies that assess all three dimensions of the integrative 24-hour physical behaviour (PB) construct, namely, intensity, posture/activity type and biological state, are on the rise. However, reviews on validation studies that cover intensity, posture/activity type and biological state assessed via wearables are missing. Design Systemat...
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Background Health literacy (HL) is implicated in improved health decision-making and health promotion, and reduced racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic health disparities. Three major areas of HL include functional, interactive, and critical HL. HL skills develop throughout the lifespan as individuals’ psychosocial and cognitive capacities develop and...
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This study aimed to investigate the effects of a school-based exergame intervention on anthropometric parameters and physical fitness. Fifty-eight students (10.4 � 0.8 years; 48% girls) were randomized into an intervention (IG) and a control (CG) group. Both groups participated in regular physical education classes during the three-month interventi...
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COVID-19 restrictions and the instructions to stay at home (SaH) may have had an impact on child behavior including physical activity (PA) and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in Switzerland. Therefore, we investigated PA and HRQoL during and after the SaH in 57 Swiss school children aged 7 to 12 years (M = 10.44; SD = 1.34). PA was measured...
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This study investigated the corresponding change between psycho-social predictors and physical activity (PA) behavior and if these relationships were dependent on the stages of change from the Transtheoretical Model in Minority American adolescents. We conducted a longitudinal field study with N = 357 students aged 13–18 years (M = 14.24 years, SD...
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BACKGROUND Wearable technology is a leading fitness trend with a growing commercial industry and an established method to collect physical behavior data in research studies. High-quality free-living validation studies are required to enable both researchers and consumers to make a guided decision on which study to rely on and which device to use. H...
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Background: Wearable technology is a leading fitness trend in the growing commercial industry and an established method for collecting 24-hour physical behavior data in research studies. High-quality free-living validation studies are required to enable both researchers and consumers to make guided decisions on which study to rely on and which dev...
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Background Health literacy (HL) is implicated in improved health decision-making and health promotion, and reduced racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic health disparities. Three major areas of HL include functional, interactive, and critical HL. HL skills develop throughout the lifespan as individuals’ psychosocial and cognitive capacities develop and...
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heros stellt ein bedienungsfreundliches Tool für Trainer*innen dar, welches akute Erholungs- und Beanspruchungszustände auf mehrdimensionaler Ebene valide erfasst und verständlich aufbereitet.
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We aimed to examine the effects of a 16-week multimodal exercise program (MEP) on activities of daily living (ADL) in individuals with dementia (IWD). Furthermore, we investigated the participants’ individual response to the MEP and whether baseline cognitive and motor performance explain ADL performance. We conducted a multicenter randomized contr...
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Background: Outdoor play, sedentary behavior (SB), and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) are related to youth's health, however, there are research gaps regarding 1) associations between outdoor play, SB, and MVPA across a broad pediatric age range (6-17 years), and 2) longitudinal associations between outdoor play, SB, and MVPA across...
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Due to long periods of sedentary behavior, and unhealthy diets gamers and esports players are at risk for numerous chronic diseases and all-cause mortality. Health research has started addressing the public health implications of the esports phenomenon, drawing a bleak picture of this megatrend. However, instead of just highlighting adverse public...
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Introduction Gaming is often referred to as sedentary behavior. However, competitive gaming, better known as esports, requires high cognitive demands and may induce psychological stress. Thus, this study aimed to investigate whether playing esports in competitive settings is related to physiological stress. Methods Thirteen male competitive FIFA 2...
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E-Sportler sind beim täglichen Training und während der Wettkämpfe regelmäßig unterschiedlichsten physischen, kognitiven und mentalen Belastungen ausgesetzt. Der durchschnittliche E-Sport-Athlet verbringt täglich viele Stunden sitzend vor dem Bildschirm. Der Mangel an körperlicher Aktivität, die hohe kognitive und mentale Belastung und die dabei me...
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Purpose : This study used different analytic approaches to compare physical activity (PA) metrics from accelerometers (ACC) and a self-report questionnaire in upper elementary youth participating in the Fuel for Fun intervention. Methods : The PA questionnaire and ACC were assessed at baseline/preintervention (fall fourth grade), Follow-up 1/postin...
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This is to thank the outgoing editorial team and welcome the new editorial team for Current Issues in Sport Science (CISS), the journal of the sport science organizations of Austria (ÖSG) and Switzerland (SGS). CISS focuses on current issues in our multi- and interdisciplinary field reflected its sections: Biology & Medicine; Biomechanics & Informa...
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To the Editor The article by Dr Bischoff-Ferrari and colleagues¹ made misleading claims that its intervention involved strength training. Medically effective strength training for deconditioned muscle has been well defined since 1945, when Capt Thomas DeLorme of the US Army Medical Corps used heavy resistance training, now called progressive resist...
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Background Physical activity (PA) has beneficial effects on health and health-related quality of life (HRQoL), which is a protective factor of illness and mortality. The purpose of this examination was to investigate if self-reported and device-based measures of PA were related to HRQoL in adolescents. Methods Participants (N = 1565; 54.3% female;...
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Background Persons with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) often have reduced aerobic capacity and report fatigue as the most disabling symptom impacting their health-related quality of life (HRQoL). A multidisciplinary rehabilitation approach is recommended for successful management of symptoms, although there is little supporting evidence. The aim of this...
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BACKGROUND Applications (apps) for smartphones and tablets are part of our daily life. Such apps give new opportunities for the health sector to improve the well-being of individuals and to support research. Good application development practices are essential for the success of an application. OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to assess t...
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Background: Healthy internet activity (eg, making use of eHealth and online therapy) is positively associated with well-being. However, unhealthy internet activity (too much online time, problematic internet use/PIU, internet dependency/ID, etc.) is associated with reduced well-being, loneliness, and other related negative aspects. While most of t...
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Objective:To determine the effect of an innovative, online-based intervention, addressing the possible decline of physical activity (PA) and increase of sedentary behavior (SB) during COVID-19 stay at home restrictions in Switzerland. Methods:This study investigated the effect of a two-week, social cognitive theory based, online-video moderate to v...
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Considering the interdependence of human's and nature's health within the planetary health concept, we evaluated how physical activity (PA) can be conceptualized as sustainable behavior (SuB) and how PA relates to other types of SuBs within the United Nations' sustainable development goal (SDG) framework. Regarding social SDGs, PA contributes to im...
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Objective To assess the effectiveness of an adolescent peer-led health curriculum in changing physical activity and fruit and vegetable social-cognitive and behavioural variables among Filipino American adolescents in Hawai’i for participants and peer educators. Design Quasi-experimental design. Setting One high school on Oahu, Hawai’i. Method F...
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In their Nature Communications paper, AlShebli et al. showed that women scientists face under-citation relative to men, and that this effect was compounded when multiple women co-authored manuscripts together. None of this is surprising; it is consistent with a wide body of research documenting pernicious systematic and structural gender biases. Wh...
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The physical activity enjoyment scale (PACES) is a measurement instrument that is commonly used in monitoring and intervention research to assess how much people enjoy being physically active, as this has been related to physical activity adherence. However, while the measurement properties of PACES are well-researched in the English language, ther...
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Little is known about physical, physiological, and psychological performance indicators predicting recreational athletes’ performance. This information may motivate players to become more active and inform coaches where to focus to build confidence, cohesion, and cooperation. This study investigated which performance indicators were related to the...
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Mental health (MH) and behavioural health are fundamental to a good quality of life. Only few studies investigated the influence between behavioural health (e.g., physical activity (PA), screen-time (ST)) and MH from childhood to adolescence. Therefore, this study investigated the relationship between PA and ST with MH by sex in a 11-year longitudi...
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Humans in the industrialized world spend a large amount of daily time in sedentary behaviour. Since sedentariness negatively impacts a variety of psycho‐physiological outcomes the identification of antecedents that lead to sedentary behaviour is an important public health issue. In this context, mood, a central indicator for both psychological well...
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The role of public health leaders in shaping decision- and policymaking remains a critical task that encompasses many qualities. The current report attempts to capture the perspectives about this task from those working in the community in Hawai‘i. Methods: This is a qualitative descriptive study design. Participants (n=115; 84.3% female; mean age=...
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Technological and digital progress benefits physical activity (PA) research. Here we compiled expert knowledge on how Ambulatory Assessment (AA) is utilized to advance PA research, i.e., we present results of the 2nd International CAPA Workshop 2019 “Physical Activity Assessment – State of the Science, Best Practices, Future Directions” where invit...
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Background: A growing body of studies that investigated the longitudinal association between physical activity (PA) and the outcome of incident obesity, coronary heart disease (CHD), diabetes and hypertension has become available in recent years. Thus, the purpose of this systematic review was to provide an update on the association between PA and...
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Accelerometers offer opportunities for researchers to capture valid data about the intensity and amount of physical behavior (PB) in real-time over a period of several days and weeks. From this multidimensional data, a great number of metrics can be derived to capture and describe the unique aspects of PB. The goal of this paper is to help the end-...
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Questionnaires to assess physical activity (PA) have served and continue to serve important purposes in both research and practical application as they capture the self-reported aggregation of the individual which is at times complemented with device-based measures. This paper presents an expert consensus on best practices and future directions reg...
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Background Several theories have been established to explain physical activity (PA) participation. However, many of these theories might not be applicable to adolescent PA behavior as they require a high level of cognitive reflection. Weiss suggests a model for youth which is based on the theoretical concept of Harter, focusing on self-esteem withi...
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Background: Adolescent substance use is a global and local (Hawaii) problem. Therefore, the study goal was to develop and investigate the effect of an adolescent substance use prevention intervention website in Hawaii. Methods: A website was developed including drug overviews, health effects, how to stay away, external prevention and treatment reso...
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Understanding strategies and barriers inherent in Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander communitylevel interventions allows for better community outcomes. Collective efficacy (CE), defined as willingness and ability to work toward a common good, is needed to tailor and implement community-level interventions. Monthly reports from 9 interventio...
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Background: University students are prone to sedentary behavior (SB) which is associated with multiple negative health outcomes. Sit-stand desks may allow for a reduction of SB through standing bouts. To promote standing in university students, decisional cues might be a low-cost approach that can easily be implemented. Purpose: To investigate the...
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Background: Health behaviors in childhood and adolescence are implicated in health behaviors and chronic disease risk in adulthood for the majority of the US population. However, little is known about these relationships in Hawaiian youth. This study investigated the extent to which childhood physical activity (PA) and fruit and vegetable consumpti...
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Objective Studies support the Transtheoretical Model’s (TTM) ability to describe behavior change processes and guide interventions; however, the temporal sequencing of constructs is less understood. This cohort study tested five sequences to identify TTM construct changes related to physical activity. Methods A random sample provided baseline data...
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Increased community collective efficacy (CE), defined as social cohesion among neighbors and their willingness to intervene for common good, is associated with improved community health outcomes. However, processes to increase CE and estimate its dose within an intervention are not well understood. The 2 year Children’s Healthy Living (CHL) interve...
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Background: Pokémon GO illuminated the potential for mobile phone gaming apps to engage users and promote health. However, much work is needed to fully understand the mechanisms through which digitally supported behavior change interventions operate, particularly for children and families.
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Physical Activity (PA) is essential for the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCD). The risk of developing NCDs is three times as high among people with disabilities than people without disabilities. In 2016, an estimated 158,570 people in Hawai'i had disabilities. So far, only limited studies have considered increasing PA opportunities for...
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Opioid use has become an epidemic in the USA. Although there are safe uses for opioids to help manage acute pain, the effects of long-term use and any misuse of opioids can have grave outcomes, including death. To provide an empirically based “ask” for increased funding from the federal government to increase the reimbursement for and the integrati...
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Importance Pacific Islanders have among the highest rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes in the world. Targeting children is critical for primary prevention. Objectives To prevent young child overweight and obesity and to improve health in the US-Affiliated Pacific region via the Children’s Healthy Living Program. Design, Setting, and Participant...
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Research utilizing repeated-measures such as daily assessments with self-report and/or objective measures [e.g., physical activity (PA) monitors] are important in understanding health behaviors and informing practice and policy. However, studies that utilize daily assessment often encounter issues with attrition and non-compliance. The current rese...
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The purpose of this study was to identify community providers' perspectives on risk and protective factors for youth alcohol use in Hawai'i to inform future trainings of providers. A total of 104 providers within communities and prevention organizations in Hawai'i were asked to list risk and protective factors for underage drinking in each of the s...
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Background: During youth, it is important to strengthen occupational competencies in young people for the entry in job life. A major part of this process is to find about which profession matches with one’s own skills as a prerequisite for a satisfactory career and a healthy future as an adult. Therefore, Youth Educational Centers in Bavaria, Germa...
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Understanding the impacts of the built environment on physical activity (PA) is essential to promoting children’s PA. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of schoolyard renovations and a PA recess curriculum alone and in combination on children’s PA. This was a 2 (learning landscape [LL] vs. non-LL) × 2 (curriculum intervention...
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Background: Pokémon GO illuminated the potential for mobile phone gaming apps to engage users and promote health. However, much work is needed to fully understand the mechanisms through which digitally supported behavior change interventions operate, particularly for children and families. Objective: The aims of this study were (1) to explore the P...
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Background Over the last two decades, considerable resources from U.S. federal and philanthropic entities were dedicated to improving preventive and reducing chronic disease risk behaviors. Purpose Given the population health efforts to improve health behaviors in adults, this study explored how health behavior patterns shifted over the years by e...
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Objectives: Due to growing health disparities, federal and philanthropic agencies have empha-sized reducing health disparities in their preventive health efforts. This study determined the status of disparities in health behaviors in the last 13 years in the United States. Methods: Data were obtained from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance...
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CONTEXT The Maui Worksite Wellness Policy Initiative was evaluated utilizing a baseline and follow-up study to improve the prevalence and awareness of worksite wellness for Maui employers following the Maui Worksite Wellness Summit intervention. AIMS To evaluate a worksite wellness intervention. SETTINGS AND DESIGN Worksites that attended the Mau...
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Despite the crucial role of mentoring, little literature exists that addresses distance mentoring among health researchers. This article provides three case studies showcasing protégés at different stages of career development (one in graduate school, one as an early-stage researcher, and one as an established researcher). Each case study provides...
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This cross-sectional study examined the: (1) association between food store environment (FSE), fruit and vegetable (FV) availability and access, and prevalence of early childhood overweight/obesity (COWOB); and (2) influence of young child actual FV intake on the relationship between the FSE and early COWOB prevalence. Anthropometric and socio-demo...
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Targeting Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander (NHOPI) children based on their physical activity (PA) stages of change (SOC) may improve intervention effectiveness. No known SOC surveillance system exists for NHOPI jurisdictions. The purpose was to determine the PA SOC prevalence over 5 years in children living in Hawaiʻi. Self-reported PA SO...
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Filipino adolescents are underrepresented in obesity research, although Filipinos are the second largest Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) subpopulation in the USA. An understanding of how well the theories of behavior change apply to Filipino and other AAPI adolescents is critical to addressing obesogenic behaviors in these groups. This s...
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The Community Culture Survey (CCS) was designed to advance the measurement of culture and its link to health by asking individuals to describe the attitudes and behaviors of people in the local community where they live. To assess preliminary validity, 130 respondents completed the CCS, a health survey, and demographic questions. Five subscales wer...
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Despite the increased health risks of a sedentary lifestyle, only 49 % of American adults participate in physical activity (PA) at the recommended levels. In an effort to move the PA field forward, we briefly review three emerging areas of PA intervention research. First, new intervention research has focused on not only increasing PA but also on d...
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Non-communicable diseases (i.e., chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes and obesity) result in 36 million deaths each year. Individuals' habitual participation in a single health-risk behaviors substantially contribute to morbidity and mortality (e.g., tobacco use, daily fast food intake, et...
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Wearable technologies designed to deliver benefits to health and well-being through the use of digital applications are becoming increasingly ubiquitous. This article focuses on the use of wearable technologies which track user lifestyle behaviors and seek to provide tools for better personal health management. It provides an evidence of general po...
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Regular physical activity contributes to the prevention of obesity and chronic diseases(1); however, fewer than half of US adults are regularly active. Video games, computers, television, mobile devices, and sedentary occupations have all contributed to the growth in sedentary behavior and obesity. More recently, technology-based interventions have...