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Depression symptoms related to undertaking regular physical activity in students of the Faculty of Physiotherapy

Joanna Szczepańska-Gieracha
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Jagoda Rusowicz
1
,
Anna Markowska
1

1.
Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Physiotherapy, University School of Physical Education in Wrocław, Wrocław, Poland
Physiother Quart. 2021;29(1):40–46
Online publish date: 2021/04/13
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Introduction
The aim of the study was to assess the frame of mind and mood of students of extramural studies at the Faculty of Physiotherapy at the University School of Physical Education in Wrocław in the context of regular physical activity.

Material and methods
The research involved 35 students of the second year of extramural studies (the whole year 2017/2018). Mood disorders were examined with the Beck Depression Inventory. Moreover, the respondents answered a number of questions included in a questionnaire concerning their economic situation, the possession of a loved one or a close relative, the willingness to receive help from a psychologist/psychotherapist in the case of problems, their professional plans, and undertaking physical activity.

Results
Overall, 49% of the studied group experienced mood disorders of different severity and 6% met the criteria for diagnosing depression. Lack of regular physical activity, gender, and economic situation were significantly related to the occurrence of depressive symptoms.

Conclusions
Owing to the high percentage of students with mood disorders, education in the area of prevention and treatment of depression is very important, as is access to psychological support during the course of studies. The mental condition of future physiotherapists is also crucial for the quality of their work, which is related to helping the sick and disabled.

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regular physical activity, mood disorders, depression, burnout prevention

 
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