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Rev Med Suisse. 2005 Jul 27;1(28):1835-6, 1838-9.

[Sports activity during adolescence: a challenge for health professionals and for the society].

[Article in French]

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Groupe de recherche sur la santé des adolescents GRSA Unité multidisciplinaire de santé des adolescents UMSA CHUV, 101 Lausanne.


The rate of teenagers who engage in sports activity on a regular basis has decreased since ten years, whereas the rate of overweight and obesity is steadily increasing. This paper discusses the meaning as well as the limits of sports activity during adolescence. Guidelines for sports participation include: a discussion of the frequency and duration of sports training sessions, which have to be adapted to the growth and pubertal stage of the adolescent. Any symptoms suggesting overuse should be tackled seriously. Physician's counselling in the field of protective behaviour (injury prevention) is effective. Finally, the majority of chronic conditions are compatible with moderate sports activity.

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