Friday, July 29, 2011

Organized Sports

Many children participate in organized sports. Frequently the sport takes up a significant amount of practice and game time. Many parents assume that all this sports activity equals lots of physical activity time. They may want to think again.

According to recent research in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine many children are not all that physically active during organized sports. Two hundred children ages 7-14 years old wore accelerometers during various sports practices. The results indicated that overall participants had moderate to vigorous physical activity 46.1% of practice time. Soccer players, boys and children aged 7-10 years old exhibited increased moderate to vigorous physical activity compared to other participants.

The guidelines recommend that children participate in 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day. This study found that only 24% of the participants met the daily requirements at sports practices. Even worse was 11-14 year olds, whom only 10% met the daily requirements and only 2% of girl softball players.

Reference: Desiree Leek; Jordan A. Carlson; Kelli L. Cain; Sara Henrichon; Dori Rosenberg; Kevin Patrick; James F. Sallis Physical Activity During Youth Sports Practices Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(4):294-299.


Anonymous said...

This affirms some of the information in my chapter on PE in the book Ergonomics for Children. Early in the chapter I distinguish sports, play, recess and PE.

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Your Therapy Source Inc said...

I think a lot of people don't realize how much time children spend standing or sitting around for certain organized sports. Same can be said for recess during the middle school years especially.

Erin Stone, OTS said...

Maybe this article should be linked to a coaches' blog. It may be that the sport does not lend itself to as much physical activity as say soccer or swimming, however to be competitive in any sport there needs to be some degree of a full body workout... Head bone is connected to the neck bone, etc.

Anonymous said...

Coaches can be notoriously rigid in their head bones, Erin. Observing many-a 'coach' who do not foster a full body workout. Notably, many 'coaches' are volunteers and


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