As a physical therapist, I am very concerned about the impact of competitive sports on growing bodies (you can see more about that in this back post). However, I am equally concerned with the rising rates of obesity, Type II Diabetes, and lack of exercise in our youth. Statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that less than half of children ages 12 to 15 are aerobically fit. You can see more in the National Public Radio news article entitled, “Are American Teens Becoming Even Wimpier Than Before?”
In the past, I have also wondered about the physical fitness levels of many homeschooled children. There was a study done recently regarding physical fitness levels of homeschooled children versus children that attended school. It was published in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and posted on Facebook sometime during this spring, but I cannot find a link to it. The research had a small sample number as I recall, so it may not be completely conclusive, but the results were that the homeschooled children were NOT as physically fit.
Why would this be? Continue reading