In the United States 21 million youth between the ages of 6-17 play team sports on a regular basis, and another 5 million engaging on an occasional basis.
In 2008 44.5% of children played sports regularly. This percentage has dropped to 4o% in 2013.
The Aspen Institute(2014).Facts:Sports Activity and Children Retrieved from http://www.aspenprojectplay.org/the-facts
Girls who participate in sports are less likely to be depressed, more likely to reach higher academic goals, and more likely to demonstrate improved self-confidence and body image
In addition to influencing physical health and warding off the negative consequences of obesity, youth participation in sports can also impact other high-risk health-related behaviors for boys and girls.
Donna Merkel (2013 May 31). Youth sport: positive and negative impact on young athletes. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3871410/
If things remain as they are today, one-third of all children born in the year 2000 or later may suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives, while many others are likely to face chronic health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, and asthma.2
Presidents Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition. Physical Activity & Obesity (2015, April 25) Retrieved from: http://www.fitness.gov/be-active/why-is-it-important/
Kids who play sports are more likely to exercise as adults. The habit of physical exercise is more likely to carry over to adults who played sports as children.
Athletic Scholarships. (2015). Health Benefits of Children who Play Sports.(2015, April 28) http://www.athleticscholarships.net/benefits-risks-youth-sport.htm
“I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”
Mia Hamm. (n.d.). BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved April 28, 2015, from BrainyQuote.com Web site: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/m/miahamm204528.html
The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that children get 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity, including moderate-to-vigorous intensity exercise, muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening exercises.
Oefinger, Meghan. (2012, January 09) Making Physical Activity a Family Affair. Retrieved fromhttps://www.acsm.org/access-public-information/articles/2012/01/09/making-physical-activity-a-family-affair