Sports Teams Arenít Cutting It

If you have a child aged 7 to 14 playing an organized sport, there's only a 25% chance that he or she is getting the recommended amount of physical activity during team practices. A study published in the online edition of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine found that only a fourth of children playing baseball, soccer, football and other team sports enjoyed a full 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity, which national guidelines call for. In fact, fewer than 2% of female softball players got 60 minutes of exercise.

True Strength Moment: While today's sports teams might not be hitting the practice field with unrestrained enthusiasm, family time can certainly fill the exercise void for any missed opportunities on school or park district sports team. In fact, family outings to the park, rink or court might be an ideal time to work on skill-specific training such as free throws, defending the net and hitting or pitching a curve ball. Get out there and have fun!
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james
Jan 20, 2011
i play football basketball and baseball in highschool and im 14 and i have to say we get way more than 60 minutes, football practice was 3 hours of intense activity and basketball is 2 hours of running practicly, idk how baseball is yet, but when you combine that with the time in the weight room, its well over 60 minutes