Sports experts criticise school PE lessons for failing to keep children fit

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 29 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6873
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

Physical education (PE) lessons in UK schools are failing to develop good general levels of fitness and often do not give children the aerobic workout they need to stay fit, sports experts claim.

The British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine has called for short, intense exercise routines to be built into the school day to encourage children to develop good “functional joint movement.”

Richard Budgett, the association’s chairman, told the BMJ that he believed physical education in schools at present to be “completely disastrous.”

At the annual UK sports and exercise medicine conference last week the association backed the …

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