Many kids don’t get the recommended hour of moderate-to-vigorous exercise playing team sports, according to a study recently published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
The study involved 200 kids between the ages of 7 and 14 in San Diego County who played soccer, baseball, or softball.
“Overall, the study found that 24% of children were active for 60 minutes during practice. Children were moderately-to-vigorously active for about 45 minutes of practice time on average.”
The studies authors suggested that coaches try to cut down on the inactive time during practice, so that kids can get closer to 60 minutes of exercise.
These findings come at a time when many kids get their only exercise of the day during sports practices, as many states have cut down exercise requirements in schools.
Though, “according to the 2010 Shape of the Nation report, 42 states mandate that students must take PE in elementary school, 39 states mandate it for middle school, and 45 states mandate it for high school,” these requirements are often not very stringent. Most of these requirements, however, do not have teeth, as they do not mandate a specific amount of time for exercise and allow “exemptions and waivers – some for personal reasons, others because a child participates in another activity, like band.”