International Olympic Committee consensus statement on the health and fitness of young people through physical activity and sport
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognises the health and fi tness benefi ts of physical activity (PA) and sport as stated in recommendation #51 from the Olympic Movement in Society Congress held in Copenhagen, 2009: Everyone involved in the Olympic Movement must become more aware of the fundamental importance of Physical Activity and sport for a healthy lifestyle, not least in the growing battle against obesity, and must reach out to parents and schools as part of a strategy to counter the rising inactivity of young people.1 The IOC assembled an expert group (January 2011) to discuss the role of PA and sport on the health and fi tness of young people and to critically evaluate the scientifi c evidence as a basis for decision making. Specifi cally, the purpose of this consensus paper is to identify potential solutions through collaboration between sport and existing programmes and to review the research gaps in this fi eld. The ultimate aim of the paper is to provide recommendations for young people's sport and PA stakeholders. After an introduction to the scope of the problem, issues addressed include how best to defi ne the current state of fi tness and PA of young people; health consequences due to the lack of PA and/ or sport; correlates and determinants of PA and sedentary behaviour; options for change: studies on effectiveness of intervention; and context for action: potential solutions. Finally, a summary and recommendations are given.
British Journal of Sports Medicine
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