International Journal of Physical Education, Fitness and Sports https://ijpefs.org/index.php/ijpefs The International Journal of Physical Education, Fitness and Sports (IJPEFS) is an international, print / online quarterly journal (ISSN.No: Print (2277-5447) and Online (2457-0753)) published in English. The aim of IJPEFS is to stimulate knowledge to professionals, researchers and academicians working in the fields of Physical Education, Fitness and Sports Sciences. International Journal of Physical Education, Fitness and Sports en-US International Journal of Physical Education, Fitness and Sports 2277-5447 Corner kick effectiveness in the Greek Super League 2018-2019 https://ijpefs.org/index.php/ijpefs/article/view/338 <p>The aim of the present study was to describe how corner kicks were taken and to identify key variables associated with final attempts during Greek Super League season 2018-19. There was a total of 424 final attempts after corner kick, of which, 16.3% were attempts off target, 6.8% attempts on target and 2.8% resulting in a goal. Bivariate analysis presented that attempts on target were increased when the ball was delivered outswing, no players positioned at the goal posts, &gt;1 intervening attackers, attacking player the 1<sup>st</sup> contact and ball delivered into the central zones of the 18-yard box. Binary logistic regression (Final attempt/ No Final attempt) revealed that the model was statistically significant for the final attempt (<em>p</em> &lt; 0.001) and showed that the intervening attackers (<em>p</em> &lt; 0.001) and the player of the 1st contact (<em>p</em> &lt; 0.001) contributed significantly to the model. These results can aid coaches to enhance on one hand the attacking effectiveness; on the other hand the defensive efficacy of corner kicks within Greek football.</p> Mitrotasios M Copyright (c) 2021 Mitrotasios M https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2021-07-12 2021-07-12 29 37 10.34256/ijpefs2134 To succeed as youth athlete: Is it the dead end in track and field? https://ijpefs.org/index.php/ijpefs/article/view/347 <p>It is reasonable to believe that a young athlete who succeeds in a World Youth Championship, will also be successful as a senior athlete. To determine the percentage of success of all World Youth Championship finalists who also became finalists in a subsequent senior World Championship, considering all athletes and events at World Athletics Championships. This study analyzed the eight male and eight female finalists of all the events conducted at the World Athletics World Youth Championship from 1999 to 2009, who also became finalists at the World Athletics World Championship from 2001 to 2011. Percentage of success was calculated for track and field events, for male, female, and both. For all the events, from 1759 finalists in a World Youth Championship only 83, representing 4.72%, were also finalists in a World Championship in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, or 2011. Of those 83 athletes, 45 were males and 38 were female. A low rate of success was found. These results were discussed including injuries, early specialization, biological maturation, and/or overtraining, as possible factors related to this low rate of success.</p> Moreno M Jiménez-Díaz J Salazar W Copyright (c) 2021 Moreno M, Jiménez-Díaz J, Salazar W https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2021-07-08 2021-07-08 10 16 10.34256/ijpefs2132 Improving Students’ Oral Communication Skills Through an Interdisciplinary Problem-Based Learning Opportunity in a Sport Management Course https://ijpefs.org/index.php/ijpefs/article/view/348 <p>This study adopted several pedagogical foundations to determine if an interdisciplinary, problem-based learning (PBL) opportunity applied to teaching sport marketing would improve student’ individual and group oral communication skills. Faculty from two departments collaborated to create an assignment that was a hands-on class project designed around formative assessment, lecture intervention, and final PBL deliverable. The PBL and interdisciplinary design addressed the need for enhanced communication skills in the sport management industry. The study results indicate a successful development of the students’ data analysis and presentation skills. Findings confirm an interdisciplinary approach to PBL by implementing communication skill development across disciplines.</p> Charlie Song Heather Riddell Stuart Ryan Copyright (c) 2021 Charlie Song, Heather Riddell, Stuart Ryan https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2021-07-08 2021-07-08 17 28 10.34256/ijpefs2133 Effects of Physical Activity on Cognitive Abilities of Dementia Person https://ijpefs.org/index.php/ijpefs/article/view/345 <p>The concept of dementia is associated with cognitive changes, behavioral changes, as well as daily motor actions and life functions. The association of physical activity with dementia is a controversial topic in science and is always an interesting basis for discussion among researchers. Moderate PA can be an effective means of reducing the rate of dementia as well as behavioral problems, however caution should be approached when working with this group of people, especially when setting end goals. Given the division of dementia, each person needs to be approached individually and appropriate selection made. The contribution of PA is irreplaceable compared to any type of therapeutic treatment, it improves basic life functions, reduces the mortality rate and improves the quality of life.</p> Bojan Bjelica Nikola Aksović Laishram Santosh Singh Ljubica Milanović Milan Zelenović Copyright (c) 2021 Bojan Bjelica, Nikola Aksović, Laishram Santos Singh, Ljubica Milanović, Milan Zelenović https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2021-07-12 2021-07-12 38 45 10.34256/ijpefs2135 Biomechanics of running: An overview on gait cycle https://ijpefs.org/index.php/ijpefs/article/view/343 <p>This review article summarized the literature regarding running gait. It describes characteristics of running gait and running gait cycle, explains running anatomy in relation to lower and upper body mechanism; contribution of muscles, and joint running gait cycle. The concept of running kinematics and kinetics has described motion characteristics such as position, velocity, acceleration, and force applied during the running cycle. Running gait analysis techniques has discussed such as motion analysis, force plate analysis, and electromyography.</p> Ekta Kapri Manju Mehta Kiran S Copyright (c) 2021 Ekta Kapri, Manju Mehta, Kiran S https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 2021-07-05 2021-07-05 1 9 10.34256/ijpefs2131