CHILDREN DERIVE BENEFITS FROM YEAR ROUND SPORTING ACTIVITY
Hoffman, J. R., & Kang, R. (2001) Effect of recreational sport participation on components of athletic performance in prepubescent children. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 33(5), Supplement abstract 209.
Prepubescent children (M = 20; F = 24) were tested for flexibility, vertical jump, seated medicine ball throw, pushups, and anaerobic power. Some (N = 7) children did not participate in any sports, 11 played only one sport, 16 participated in two sports, and 10 participated in three or more sports.
Children who participated in three or more sports had better performances on all tests than children who played one or no sport. Children who participated in sport year round, were stronger and more powerful than children who did not participate in sports all year round.
Implication. Health/growth capacities are increased in children who participate year round in sports.
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