Richmond County educators got ready for the new school year August 3, 2009. (WRDW-TV)
A new study released in connection with the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio shows more kids are getting injured in gym class.
During the 11-year study, participating hospitals reported nearly 12-thousand injuries during physical education. One P.E. teacher says she is not surprised the number is so high.
Breathitt County High School Physical Education teacher Peggy Moore says kids are not getting enough exercise, which could lead to injuries during class.
Moore says, “There's not a lot of interest I think is the big thing because of the other avenues that we have.”
One local nurse practitioner agrees with more. Brian Overbee blames video games and television for kids not getting enough exercise.
Overbee says, “With all the game boys, and all the hand held devices that kids have now a days, it's easier to sit inside and play games, than it is to go outside and be physically active.”
Breathitt County High School student Ryan Blevins says, “Sitting around all day isn't good for you. It's important to get an hour of exercise a day and basketball or some type of sport is a fun way to get that exercise.”
While Moore is certified to teach physical education, the study found some school districts do not require teachers to be certified.
Moore says it's important for kids to be warmed up before doing any kind of physical activity.
“In the past I think the older generations, we didn't have to have as much as that or emphasize on that as much because we were more active,” Moore says. “We're not anymore so as teachers we have to make sure they are.”
Students say some kids can be aggressive and that can lead to injuries.
BCHS Student Megin Kidd says, “People can get competitive and jealous you know, thinking they're better than others playing basketball and start pushing and stuff.”
“If we start to get rough or something, they blow a whistle or something to calm us down and stop whatever we're doing,” Blevins says.
And Moore says keeping kids safe is of utmost importance.
The study goes on to say that physical education in schools is a main tool to eliminate childhood obesity and increase physical activity.