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2012年10月 9日 (火)

体育の日 運動習慣身につけ体力向上を

The Yomiuri Shimbun (Oct. 9, 2012)
Get children into habit of regular physical exercise
体育の日 運動習慣身につけ体力向上を(10月8日付・読売社説)

Today is Health-Sports Day.

We think this is a good day for the whole family to go out and get some exercise.

The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry has released the results of its fiscal 2011 survey on the physical strength and athletic ability of Japanese. This survey has been conducted every year since 1964, when the Summer Olympics were held in Tokyo.

The latest survey found that basic physical ability of primary, middle and high school students to run, throw and jump are showing signs of improvement after years of decline. Nevertheless, their athletic skills remain low compared with the peak results recorded around 1985.

Among 11 year olds, only 34 percent of boys and 27 percent of girls could throw a ball farther than the average scores posted in fiscal 1985. The survey showed that in this activity, the less physical exercise children did, the lower they scored.

Children's dismal physical abilities are probably the result of changing living environments, such as less time spent playing outdoors due to the spread of cell phones and video game consoles.


Start them young

It is important that children acquire the habit of getting plenty of exercise from their early years.

Some schools provide children with playtime before class, letting them jump rope and play tag. It is desirable that even children who are not fond of physical exercise are given as many fun opportunities as possible to exert themselves and build up a sweat.

The survey analyzed how often people of different age categories usually enjoy sports. The number of men and women taking part in sporting activities tends to decline from the latter half of their 20s, and bottom out in their 30s.

The tendency among many young parents to give up sports may have influenced their children's daily habits.

The nation needs more facilities where parents and their children can easily take part in sports. More than 3,000 "comprehensive local sports clubs"--membership clubs managed by residents voluntarily and on their own initiative--dot the nation. Utilizing these clubs can be one idea to get more kids up and moving.


Help kids in disaster-hit areas

Children's physical ability has declined sharply in areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

A survey conducted between May and October last year by the Miyagi prefectural board of education found that children in primary, middle and high schools performed worse on average than the previous year in almost every event, such as a 50-meter run and sit-ups.

Temporary school buildings and makeshift homes for evacuees still stand in the grounds of many schools in coastal areas of Miyagi and Iwate prefectures, limiting spaces where children can play.

In Fukushima Prefecture, many people remain acutely worried about radioactive contamination stemming from the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Many parents reportedly are reluctant to let their small children play outside.

Children will become important supporters of future communities in disaster-hit areas.

The physical ability survey should continue to be conducted regularly. Securing places where children can run around, such as indoor athletic facilities at places other than schools, is an urgent task.

(From The Yomiuri Shimbun, Oct. 8, 2012)
(2012年10月8日01時27分  読売新聞)


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