Is my child ready for sports?
"It is alarming that adolescents aged between 12 and 13 years entering their first year of post-primary physical education do not display proficiency across nine basic movement patterns. This finding indicates that adolescents may have a difficult time in making the successful transition towards more advanced skills within the sport-specific stage." (Source)
The 2016 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth tracks physical activity indicators over time and provides a report card giving grades to each indicator.
Overall Physical Activity: The proportion of U.S. children and youth attaining 60 or more minutes of moderate-to vigorous activity on at least 5 days per week D-
Sedentary Behaviors: The proportion of U.S. youth engaging in 2 hours or less of screen time per day. D-
Active Transportation: The percentage of U.S. children and youth who usually walk or bike to school. F
Organized Sports Participation: The proportion of U.S. high school students participating on at least 1 school or community sports team. C-
Health Related Fitness: The proportion of U.S. youth meeting cardiorespiratory physical fitness standards. D
School: The proportion of U.S. high school students attending at least one physical education (PE) class in an average week. D+
Given these statistics, might it be possible that your child is not physically prepared to play sports?
Perform this physical assessment with your child and come to your own conclusions. The good news is that whatever you discover, it can be improved!
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