The Research File
11-09: Health Benefits of Sport Participation
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.
Publication Date: September 1, 2011