Zionsville Times Sentinel

November 7, 2012

Sports vs. exercise: Let's take an in-depth look

By Mark Moreland/Times Sentinel columnist
Zionsville Times Sentinel

Zionsville —

Youth sports have never been more prevalent than right now, and parents have done an excellent job providing their children with opportunities for physical activity. But, if the goal of youth sports is to instill an appreciation for exercise and physical fitness in our children, then I’ve observed  two trends developing which concern me.

The first of these is the idea that physical activity is important as long as you are involved in a sport. Our youth involved in athletics are very active, but what about the children who are not athletic? Adults know these kids need exercise just as much as any person, but I’m watching an entire group of our youth develop that has no regard for physical activity since there is no “point.”