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Marko Đurović1, Dejan Madić1, Katarina Praznik2,6, Ana Sršen3,

Mia Perić4 and Boro Štrumbelj5,6

The COVID-19 pandemic put millions of individuals worldwide into difficulties due to the disease as well as the huge economic and social impacts. While the respiratory and systemic symptoms of COVID-19 have received significant attention, its consequences on functional fitness and quality of life in affected individuals have emerged as areas of concern and interest. Understanding how COVID-19 affects the relationship between these abilities in those who have contracted the virus is important for assessing the long-term health implications of the pandemic. Specifically, understanding the vital role of functional fitness in enhancing the quality of life for people with COVID-19 becomes increasingly crucial. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyse the functional fitness of post-COVID-19 patients and its relationship with quality of life. 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 quality of life (The EQ-5D-5L tool). We found significant negative correlation between 6 min walk and mobility (r = -0.561, p < 0.In addition, we found significant negative correlation between handgrip strength and quality of life (p<0.05). In conclusion, there is a negative correlation between functional fitness and quality of life in post- COVID-19 patients.