Over a month ago, students in grades 8 through 12 and faculty were asked to participate in a survey I conducted on the topic of sports during the Covid pandemic. What became clear was that more people in our school community stopped doing sports because of the pandemic, and the number of people who exercised regularly also decreased. The quick enforcement of the lockdown and the closure of athletic facilities resulted in less athletic activity.
However, there were also positive outcomes for many as they adapted to circumstances and found new variations to exercise – home workouts using YouTube videos and apps were the most popular. I compared the results for our school community with a study conducted by the Justus Liebig University in Giessen among the German population. The comparison shows that, on the one hand, significantly more people at our school did less sports. On the other hand, many also increased their sports efforts. They discovered a motivation they had previously lacked and even perceived positive changes in their health and psychological well-being.