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Study: Organized sports typically don't give kids enough daily exercise

Do you think practicing for a sport guarantees your child is getting enough daily exercise?

A new study suggests organized sports typically don't give kids their recommended daily exercise.

National guidelines recommend children get one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.

Researchers documented physical activity among 200 kids age 7 to 14 while playing team soccer, baseball or softball.

The children wore sensors that tracked movement during team practices.

Only 24% of young kids got the 60 minutes of physical activity.

Only 10% of kids aged, ages 11 to 14, reached that amount.

Fewer than 2% of girl softball players met the guideline.

Researchers found that players spent on average 30 minutes being inactive during practices, either receiving instruction or waiting their turn. So what's the winning formula?

Researchers suggest teams practice more frequently, extend playing seasons and use pedometers to monitor activity.

In the meantime, make sure your child breaks a sweat on non-practice days.


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