Monday, September 24, 2018
The Childhood Health Crisis and How Hockey Can Help
When you think of your child, you probably assume that he or she is relatively healthy. After all, health and youth are words that we often group together automatically.
Unfortunately, though, recent studies have shown that children are not nearly as healthy as they were a few decades ago. A big part of the reason for this is that kids have fewer opportunity for unstructured physical play than they once did.
Add in video games, cell phones, computers, and genuine fear and worry about letting children play outdoors by themselves, as well as less and less school time being devoted to physical activity, and it’s no wonder that the health of today’s children is suffering.
Improving Childhood Health Through Sports
One of the easiest ways to safely get kids more active and, thus, more healthy is to get them involved in sports. And, one of the best sports options is youth hockey.
Not only is hockey a very physically demanding sport, which means it offers lots of impact in just a short amount of time, but it’s also backed by the USA Hockey development model. This model emphasizes station-based practices, small-area games, and other activities that mean participants are moving more often than not. Shockingly, you won’t find this in many other sports, which actually have kids listening to lectures or standing around for much longer than you might think.
If you want to ensure your child is taking all the right steps toward living a long, healthy life and that your child grows into an adult who understands the importance of physical activity, getting him or her involved in a sport is a wonderful option. And, even if you’ve never considered it before, hockey may be just what you’re looking for!