Medicine and Health Sciences | Sports Sciences
This chapter considers the many similarities within the educational experiences of the young children in sport and physical activity (PA) in Ireland and the United Kingdom (UK). PA has, in both countries, had an increased focus on its value and importance within children’s lives, a time of habit development. Public Health England (2014) reported that one in six deaths in the UK are due to lack of PA in adults, making it as dangerous as smoking. Healthy Ireland is the national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Ireland. The national guidelines for 2- to 18-year-olds are that all children are recommended to achieve 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) a day, as well as undertaking muscle strengthening, flexibility, and bone strengthening exercises three times a week. Sport Ireland is the main body that governs sport in Ireland.
T Coppinger & K Howells (2021). ‘Physical activity and sport during the first 10 years of life in the UK and Ireland’ in: R Bailey, J Agans, J Coté, A Daly-Smith, P Tomporowski (Eds.) Physical activity and Sport During the First Ten Years of Life. London: Routledge.
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