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Friday, 21 Feb 2020
Category: Sports & Recreation

How to Teach Kids to Swim at Every Age

An age-by-age guide to swimming lessons, pool games and water safety tips for parents. Tempted to rush out and sign up your little one for swimming lessons this summer? That’s a smart move — if he’s old enough. The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that parents hold off on formal swimming lessons until after their child’s […]

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To excel in youth sports, kids need couch time

Charles Dickens could easily have been writing about the present state of sports. The speed, strength and explosiveness of the modern athlete is mind-blowing. Accordingly, there’s a growing enthusiasm (and a huge market) for training, teaching and supporting young athletes. Elite sports performance and medicine services are available to all with a credit card, and […]

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Childhood injuries: common causes

Key points The most common causes of child injuries are falls, road accidents, poisonings, and burns and scalds. Most of these injuries are preventable. To prevent serious child injuries, supervise children in places where they’re most at risk, like in the bathroom and kitchen, near water, and around roads and cars. Understanding child injuries It’s […]

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How you can help your child enjoy sport (and win gold medals)

There are numerous physical, psychological, and social benefits associated with sport participation for children, as well as, for a very small number, being the first step to becoming an elite athlete. Through the provision of “appropriate” support – that is positive, encouraging feedback, as well as the usual financial and time input – parents play a […]

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Physical activity for children: how much and why?

By encouraging your child to do some physical activity every day, you’re helping your child to be healthy now. You’re also setting up healthy habits for your child’s future. Our guide explains how much physical activity children of different ages need. About physical activity for children Physical activity is great fun, an important part of […]

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Move it, move it: how physical activity at school helps the mind (as well as the body)

Federal Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie recently unveiled plans to convince state education and sports ministers to ensure sport and physical education is compulsory in schools. The physical benefits of getting kids moving have been well recognised to help prevent chronic disease and develop movement habits across their lifespan.   Yet one of McKenzie’s key points, to push for mandatory physical education, […]

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What to Do If Your Child Gets Lost

No parent imagines losing sight of her kid—until it happens. Learn the fastest ways to find her if it does. Whenever I took my 3-year-old son, Ben, to the public library, he loved walking up and down the aisles, examining all the books while I picked out a few for us to read. But one day, he […]

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How physical activity in Australian schools can help prevent depression in young people

Adolescence is a critical time for the development of mental health problems. In fact, depression is most likely to occur during adolescence and young adulthood. It’s the leading cause of disability in young people worldwide. At least one‐quarter of young people will experience an episode of depression before 19 years of age. By year 9, students who have experienced […]

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