The Health Outcomes and Physical activity in Preschoolers (HOPP) Study at McMaster University (Canada) asked parents of 3- to 5-year-olds about sport participation.
87% of parents reported participation in organized activities in the last month and 90% in the last year. The sports most often reported were: swimming (79%), soccer (48%), gymnastics (40%), dance (30%), ice hockey (21%), and T-ball (9%). …
SWIM – swimming (79%)
RUN – soccer (48%)
GYM – gymnastics (40%)
Gymnastics and Trampoline are as important as running and swimming for very young children. We teach Motor and Physical Fitness better than any other sport.
What can parents do?
Be a positive sports role model!
Emphasize the fun of sports!
Don’t focus on the rules, keeping score or competition in the early years.
Be sure the sports program and equipment are safe and age-appropriate.
Be supportive of your child’s coach and teammates.