11-09: Health Benefits of Sport Participation

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11-09: Health Benefits of Sport Participation

Summary

A recent study which examined physical activity levels of children and youth found that a mere 7% (9% of boys and 4% of girls) of Canadian children and youth achieve recommended levels of activity, despite the known benefits of regular activity.  Activity levels have been shown to be lower among certain sub-groups, for example among girls (compared to boys) and older children/teens (compared to younger). Given these findings, there is a definite need to engage children and youth in physical activity.

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Publication Date: September 1, 2011