Money and time hindering children’s sports

in News · 20-07-2019 08:00:00 · 0 Comments
Money and time hindering children’s sports

A lack of time and money are two of the main obstacles to sports activities in children aged between six and ten.

But security is also one of the obstacles to sports in children, "especially girls,” according to the same research published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Of the 834 parents surveyed, residing in the neighbouring municipalities of Coimbra and Lousã, in the central part of Portugal, "almost half mentioned the lack of time and the lack of money as the main barriers to children’s sports activities,” according to a report by Portugal’s Centre of Research in Anthropology and Health (CIAS) from the University of Coimbra

"As expected, in general, parents with less socio-economic power indicated more barriers, especially in terms of cost and transportation for the participation in these activities," said Daniela Rodrigues, first author of the article.

"It was curious that the parents of girls reported more barriers related to cost and security than the parents of boys," Rodrigues said.

According to her, the fact that the parents of girls said the cost and security are barriers, “to a certain extent and allied to other factors already known, can help explain why boys do more sports than girls.”

The results of this study "should be considered in the planning and future interventions to effectively promote physical activity in children," the authors recommended.

"The barriers mentioned by the parents can be overcome in some cases with the involvement of local governments, policymakers and schools, providing local sports sessions for children immediately after school or during the school day.”


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