New research shows that teen sports are in big trouble.

<> on July 10, 2011 in Nottingham, England.

New research shows that teen sports are in big trouble.

Do we help our children stay active? The answer is yes, according to a new study published by the sports fitness industry association and the aspen institute. In 2008, according to Aspen, in children 6 to 12 years old, almost 45% of people often take part in community sports, but the number has been steadily falling, now has fallen to around 37% last year. Experts say there are many reasons for this decline, such as the lack of trained trainers and rising equipment costs.

But just like every drop in the balance beam or the skin’s knee, there is a problem and a solution. There are three ways to promote youth participation in sports.

Become a mentor or coach.

Today’s youth, according to the data, have largely escaped the “big four” sports – baseball, basketball, football and football – in favor of gymnastics, golf, ice hockey and athletics.

So think outside the field of proverbs. Being a young coach or mentor is not limited to teaching the right shots. If you are qualified, your participation can range from fundraising volunteers to full-time training. People from different backgrounds, women and minorities in particular need; According to the SFIA and Aspen reports, 70 percent of young coaches are male and the family earns more than $100, 000.

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In the national league, youth sports are a good place to start. This non-profit organization provides guidance on the project of most sports and training, as well as the volunteer coaches, administrators, officials and young athletes parents provide all kinds of resources, in order to ensure safety. Your local boys’ and girls’ clubs or youth conferences may also continue to need help – as well as opportunities for rewarding experience.


Donate sports equipment to use or help finance a sports team in need.

In recent years, billions of dollars have been cut from youth sports programs, and millions of students have entered the race without a single shot. The SIFA study found that “children from lower income groups are more likely to be physically inactive than those from the affluent”. Because of the cost of travel alliances and equipment they were unable to participate despite their talents and interests.

“Sports in the United States are already classified as sport rich and poor,” Tom Farrey, executive director of the aspe and social program, told the Washington post. “If you don’t have money, it’s hard. receives donations to public and public charter schools across the country to help close the gap. Sports gifts is a nonprofit organization that works with local cooperative organizations in the United States and around the world to bring sports equipment to children in areas where there is insufficient movement.

Parents: talking.

It’s easy to talk about how to make our youth more active, but what examples do we set for them in our lives? A sports mind starts at home and can be as simple as riding a bike every day, or walking or hiking at home every night.

Technology can make it a challenge and go out and play. A 2015 pew research centre study recent research suggests that 72% of American teenagers in the computer, video games or play the video game on portable devices such as mobile phone, 81% of teenagers have or you can use the console. The aspen institute found that the percentage of children aged 6 to 12 who have been in high-calorie sports such as soccer or dance has declined from 28.7 percent in 2011 to 24.8 percent since 2011.

But look at the past and solve the future. Although many children are active in childhood, they tend to flee when the competition is too intense or other interest, work or academic staff take over in middle school or high school. This is still a critical moment to encourage the many benefits associated with group or individual sports – even through a new hobby or activity.

So, take those tennis rackets down and invest in a good pair of walking shoes and see where the road (or the court or the gym or the rink) is.


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