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All Things Sports: A Guide for Parents

All Things Sperts A GUIDE FOR PARENTS H over 20 kids, age 6 - 17 play team sports 60% 66% of boys 52% of girls of kids play sports outside of school 61% 34% of girls state that sports are an important part of who they are 61% of boys state that sports are an important part of who they are 34% Among girls, the most popular sport Among boys, the most popular sport is football basketball The fastest growing team sport in America is the country's oldest-lacrosse The most popular individual (non-team) sport in the United States is swimming The average child spends more than 7 hours in front of a screen each day- playing sports can lower this Increased cardiovascular health Some of the benefits of participating in sports include Healthier growth of bones, muscles and ligaments Improved balance and coordination Improved sleep Greater confidence Reduces obesity risk Improvement of social skills Reduces stress Help with cooperation and leadership The CDC recommends 60 minutes of daily exercise for children and teens 42% 25% 11% 42% of boys ages 5-8 get the recommended amount of daily exercise 25% of children get no exercise outside of school 11% of girls ages 5-8 get the recommended amount of daily exercise Helpful Hints for Parents Cutting Costs Organize Mark your calendar Budget You can save by enrolling your child in a local recreation league instead of an elite club team with fees and road trips. Print off practice and game schedules, make sure that you have on hand any contact information you may need (the coach, team mom, etc.). Buy Used Be prepared Be sure that you have any documents that you'll need for sports registration. This may include a certified birth certificate, proof of address, and a physical form from a physician. Majority of athletic stores willI carry previously owned equipment. We hope that these stats and facts will provide encouragement for children and teens alike to get involved and get active! Physical activity for our youth is critical for overall development. Best of all, getting moving is fun! VitalChek EXPRESS CERTIFICATE A LexisNexis Company SOURCES. http://www.betterhealth. MILLION

All Things Sports: A Guide for Parents

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Take a look at this breakdown of children and teens who play sports, the benefits of them being active, and some helpful hints for parents.


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