Children's participation in sport is falling, leading to concerns about their health. But are the adults doing much of the worrying at least partly to blame?
By Tom Farrey, The Aspen Instiute via BBC,
- In the US, sports from football (soccer in the US) to basketball and baseball to volleyball have seen a sharp decline in the number of children playing on a regular basis.
- The shift away from these and other sports has coincided with warnings that only one in three children is physically active every day, and one in five is obese.
- It's not just the US - concerns about the sedentary habits of youth are heard in countries all over the world.
But could it be that some children have been driven away from sport by adults forgetting it's all supposed to be fun? "I don't like pressure"
Children are rarely consulted about what they want from sport, but ask them, as the Aspen Institute's Sports & Society Program did at its annual Project Play Summit, and they offer strong insights. Coaches "need to be more patient", one nine-year-old who plays football in Maryland told us. "If you miss [a goal], they make you run around the edge of the pitch" ." Another child, who runs track in New York state, said: "I don't like coaches putting pressure on you and thinking that [you have to] win."
Sport leaders ignore such views at their peril.
Read more from the BBC website - HERE
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