Sports should be challenging, fun, and build physical, intellectual, and emotional skills. They’re the great way to be physical active, to learn teamwork, and to learn about both winning and losing competition – a vital life skill.
There can be barriers to participating in sport: for some sports, expensive equipment and fees can get in the way; others, whether individuals or parents looking out for their kids, fear injury from sports-related physical activity.
The data around physical activity is alarming: on average, Canadian children are still sitting too much and moving too little to reach their full potential, according to the 2018 Participaction report. Only 35 per cent of 5- to 17-year-olds are reaching their recommended physical activity levels as outlined in the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth. Just 62 per cent of 3- to 4-year-olds are achieving the recommended activity levels for their age group.
Parachute wants all Canadians to live long lives to the fullest – and that means being physically active to stay healthy, while preventing serious injury. These guides show how to remove hazards from sport and physical recreation activities by following safety standards and using the right equipment.
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