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  • Datum ustvarjanja 27 novembra, 2023
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The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted global health, affecting millions of individuals worldwide. The pandemic has posed significant challenges to public health and profoundly influenced the fitness and overall health of individuals worldwide. One of the key areas of interest in this context is the intricate relationship between clinical symptoms and physical fitness in the post-COVID-19 condition. Therefore, the aim of this paper was to explore the relationship between functional fitness and the severity of COVID-19 symptoms. This research is a part of the project “Post-COV Swim" financed by the Erasmus sport small-scale partnership. The project’s primary focus is on water-based exercises for individuals recovering from COVID-19 and aims to assess their impact on various aspects of participants’ well-being (mental, physical, physiological). The study included the 46 participants who had been infected with COVID-19. Participants were tested for fitness components (6 min walk, 2 min walk, sit and reach, handgrip strength and the 30-second chair stand) and the severity of Covid symptoms (mild, moderate and severe/life-threatening). There was a significant relationship between left handgrip strength and severity of symptoms (r = −0.521, p < 0.01) and between handgrip strength max and severity of symptoms (r = −0.438, p < 0.01). It can be concluded that the poor muscle strength was associated with greater severity of symptoms in patients with post-COVID-19 condition