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World J Psychiatry. Feb 19, 2024; 14(2): 330-333
Published online Feb 19, 2024. doi: 10.5498/wjp.v14.i2.330
Using ChatGPT to promote college students’ participation in physical activities and its effect on mental health
Yi-Fan Zhang, Xin-Qiao Liu
Yi-Fan Zhang, Xin-Qiao Liu, School of Education, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300350, China
Author contributions: Liu XQ designed the study; Zhang YF and Liu XQ wrote the manuscript; both authors contributed equally to this work and approved the final manuscript.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors declare no conflict of interests.
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Corresponding author: Xin-Qiao Liu, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Education, Tianjin University, No. 135 Yaguan Road, Jinnan District, Tianjin 300350, China. xinqiaoliu@pku.edu.cn
Received: September 12, 2023
Peer-review started: September 12, 2023
First decision: December 12, 2023
Revised: December 19, 2023
Accepted: January 23, 2024
Article in press: January 23, 2024
Published online: February 19, 2024

As one of the most famous large language models, ChatGPT has great potential for application in physical education. It can provide personalized exercise plans, a variety of exercise options, and interactive support. The integration of ChatGPT into the teaching process can promote college students’ participation in physical activities and improve their mental health while expanding the traditional teaching environment and promoting the reform of traditional teaching methods. However, the application of ChatGPT faces challenges and obstacles in physical education. To make full use of ChatGPT in physical education, it can be combined with wearable devices and sports equipment to enhance the efficiency of interactions with users. Relevant policies are urgently needed to avoid the improper use of users’ data.

Keywords: ChatGPT, College students, Physical education, Mental health

Core Tip: ChatGPT has great potential for application in physical education. This article argues that the integration of ChatGPT into college physical education has great benefits for both students and teachers. To make full use of ChatGPT in the future, interactions with users should be further enhanced, and relevant policies should be released to prompt the proper use of ChatGPT.