Children and sportBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7041.1300b (Published 18 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1300
De-emphasise team sport
- Hugo Crombie
- Research manager Royal Society of Health, London SW1V 4BH
EDITOR,—The report Raising the Game1 is, as Helen Trippe notes,2 a start. Unfortunately it is a start down the wrong path. The report places the emphasis firmly on developing competitive team sport at the centre of physical education. In doing so it intensifies the connection between healthy exercise and vigorous sport. The evidence shows that vigorous exercise is neither necessary to provide a health benefit nor suitable for all people in society.
Competitive sport is not liked by a sizeable number of children, particularly girls. As children get older, they tend to stop participating in …