Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine

New Statement!

Physical activity prescription: a critical opportunity to address a modifiable risk factor for the prevention and management of chronic disease.

Physical Inactivity in Children and Adolescents

Health care professionals, especially sport medicine physicians, should be more aware of effective methods for increasing physical activity participation for their patients. Health practitioners should use every opportunity, particularly during annual health exams, to discuss physical activity recommendations with young people and their parents. An exercise prescription should include written instructions to increase compliance. The message for children is that increased physical activity can be attained through free play or organized sport, depending on the child's interest. The FUN element in children's activities is paramount. (2004)