When we were children
in school, there was emphasis on sports and physical education. Sadly to say,
today, emphasis has been removed from school physical education, that is education
which should be about physical things. Health, fitness, diet, stress, etc. We
place priorities on our children to excel in some particular sport. They train
from childhood in one focused area of fitness for their sport and neglect the
whole picture which includes nutrition. Real nutrition.
Physical education is almost a lost art in schools today. In many schools
it isn't even required anymore. How can we possibly expect our kids to grow up
healthy without ANY emphasis on fitness as a way of life? Instead we push them
into, or encourage them into one particular sport. Our nation has an obvious
interest in sports, but, unfortunately, it's from the living room couch. Is that
what we want for our children? Is THIS the realistic, achievable goal all our
kids can shoot for? Is that the answer to our health problems?
If a child places abnormal stress and weight on his frame during the growing
phases, especially of a long term nature, there is increased risk of doing some
long term damage to these areas. An example of this is the use of walkers for
infants. This places stresses upon different parts of the body which haven't
developed enough to sustain such stresses. Accumulated stress damage can and
does lead to future problems.
Just as with the bones, the internal organs, glands and tissues are still
developing. Abnormal repetitive blows, stresses and forces delivered to any of
the developing systems can weaken that system, its structural integrity or its
attachment to other internal structures. Out of such actions could arise any
number of problems, especially when combined with faulty diet.
We are suggesting a normal, balanced and appropriate level of physical activity
be implemented. Such things as heavy weight lifting or one sport activity that
usually repetitively stresses the same areas of the body. Even in adults such
repetition leads to premature microscopic degenerative changes which lead to
injury and major degenerative changes. Kids are no different and are actually
more susceptible. We should use caution and wisdom in what we allow our children
to do in the way of sports. We should also get involved with the schools which
have no physical fitness activity. If we don't, we will be paying for it, literally,
at a later time.