Thirty years of research on physical activity, mental health and well-being: A scientometric analysis of hotspots and trends

Sabe, Michel, Chen, Chaomei, Sentissi, Othman, Deenik, Jeroen, Vancampfort, Davy, Firth, Joseph, Smith, Lee ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5340-9833, Stubbs, Brendon, Rosenbaum, Simon, Schuch, Felipe and Solmi, Marco (2022) Thirty years of research on physical activity, mental health and well-being: A scientometric analysis of hotspots and trends. Frontiers in Public Health. ISSN 2296-2565

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Abstract

The sheer volume of research publications on physical activity, mental health, and wellbeing is overwhelming. The aim of this study was to perform a broad-ranging scientometric analysis to evaluate key themes and trends over the past decades, informing future lines of research. We searched the Web of Science Core Collection from inception until December 7, 2021, using the appropriate search terms such as “physical activity” or “mental health,” with no limitation of language or time. Eligible studies were articles, reviews, editorial material, and proceeding papers. We retrieved 55,353 documents published between 1905 and 2021. The annual scientific production is exponential with a mean annual growth rate of 6.8% since 1989. The 1988–2021 co-cited reference network identified 50 distinct clusters that presented significant modularity and silhouette scores indicating highly credible clusters (Q = 0.848, S = 0.939). This network identified 6 major research trends on physical activity, namely cardiovascular diseases, somatic disorders, cognitive decline/dementia, mental illness, athletes’ performance, related health issues, and eating disorders, and the COVID-19 pandemic. A focus on the latest research trends found that greenness/urbanicity (2014), concussion/chronic traumatic encephalopathy (2015), and COVID-19 (2019) were the most active clusters of research. The USA research network was the most central, and the Chinese research network, although important in size, was relatively isolated. Our results strengthen and expand the central role of physical activity in public health, calling for the systematic involvement of physical activity professionals as stakeholders in public health decision-making process.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Physical exercise, Mental Illness, scientometrics
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2022 10:29
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2022 20:32
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/707764

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