Living with asthma is an everyday battle that when met with the proper medicine and treatment, may at times be controlled, but never cured. When considering your child’s asthma, think about the endless opportunities their future may hold if their condition was potentially less of an issue.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s recommended that children should do 60 minutes of physical activity a day as part of efforts to lead a healthy lifestyle.1
Do you believe your child’s asthma could be keeping them from having a healthy lifestyle?
In regards to the state of physical activity, this year the Physical Activity Council found that “among kids ages 6-17, one in five youth are considered inactive, meaning they report no physical activity.2” Give your child the opportunity to be a part of the active group of kids that prepares for a better future.
Organized sports, group physical activity, and other actions with kids take part in the process for boosting confidence, self-esteem growth, and other characteristics that follow a child throughout life.
According to TrueSport.org, “Studies have shown that children and youth participating in sport, when compared to peers who do not play sport, exhibit: stronger peer relationships, more academically oriented friends, and more frequent interactions with parents.3” All of these characteristics factor into a child’s options when thinking about higher education opportunities as well as potential athletic scholarships.
Last year, colleges in the United States awarded over three billion dollars for athletic scholarships according to scholarshipstats.com.4 These student athletes were recognized for their achievements on and off the field, not for living an inactive lifestyle. The possibilities could be endless by getting your child active and on the field or court at an early age. Replace video games with sporting goods and get active today.
Is your child’s future important enough to consider a clinical research study?
Considering all of the information listed above, if you or your child is interested in getting more active, think about your child’s current treatment and talk with your child’s doctor about how to approach an active lifestyle with asthma.
If you believe you have tried all efforts to help keep your child active despite their asthma, maybe a clinical research study is something to consider.
1 “How much physical activity do children need?” http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/children/. Accessed 12-8-15.2 “Facts: Sports Activity and Children.” http://www.aspenprojectplay.org/the-facts. Accessed 11-23-15.
3 “Psychological and Social Benefits of Playing True Sport.” http://truesport.org/resources/publications/reports/psychological-and-social-benefits-of-playing-true-sport/. Accessed 12-2-15.
4 “Average Athletic Scholarship per Varsity Athlete?” http://www.scholarshipstats.com/average-per-athlete.html. Accessed 11-23-15.