April 12, 2021 5 min read
According to the ACSM guidelines, kids need 60 minutes of exercise a day . However, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, less than a quarter of children aged 5-14 meet this guideline . With the rise in technology and social media, kids are spending less and less time outdoors being physically active, directly correlating with the rise in obesity and metabolic disease in children. Recreational sport, outdoor games and fitness activities are great ways to create good exercise habits early to combat disease and illness later in life.
Sport is a great introduction to physical activity for children, however there is always a risk of injury. Younger children (5-12 years old) tend to sustain fractures mainly to the upper limb, whereas older children (13-17 years old), sustain more injuries to the chest, hips and spine and are more prone to overuse, and soft tissue injuries . As a parent it is important to strike a balance between letting your child get involved in sport and doing your best to protect them from injury.
Here are some things you can do as a parent to encourage your kids to get active, while preventing them from getting injured.
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