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A less fit generationPosted Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at 12:00 PM
Remember P.E. classes in school? Ever wonder if those really made a difference?
According to Army officials, they did.
A news story this week indicates that many new military recruits lack bone and muscle strength due to lack of physical education in school.
I wonder if today's younger people are less physically active in general.
Locally, we tried several times to find photos of people playing in the snow this winter. The day of the deepest snow I found two kids sledding down the hill at the downtown floodgate and found few others outside after driving around several neighborhoods. Other T-G news staff members reported the same results.
And it appears that participation in some youth sports is lower in numbers than in some years past despite a larger population -- even though it could be simply they're scattered between a much larger number of sports.
When I was growing up in the 1970s Shelbyville had football, basketball, baseball, girls softball, high school wrestling and tennis. Cascade restarted high school football during that time to go with the existing basketball programs there and at Community. Shelbyville offered football, basketball and baseball youth leagues. I don't think the youth leagues around the county schools had been founded yet.
And I remember when soccer arrived some football coaches across Middle Tennessee were openly concerned that it would steal some of their prospects. Today, of course, we see that both sports thrive.
More sports, more opportunities, yet less fitness. What's going on with that? More time spent on computers, video games, etc.?
Today's computerized world is great, but just a few minutes of exercise a day could make a real difference.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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