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Sports Med. 2008;38(4):265-70.

Is there a long-term health legacy of required physical education?

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Department of Physical Activity Sciences, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada.


This article documents current literature on the potential long-term effects of school physical education on various outcomes in adults. A first observation is the rarity of publications on this topic. Nevertheless, the available literature suggests that physical education should offer a variety of either lifelong physical activities or sports in order to reach children with differing interests. In some children, competitive sports may generate a lifelong interest in physical activity, but most children may be better socialized by lifelong physical activities. In order to expose children to such a wide choice of physical activities, more time should be allocated to physical education instruction. Substantial further research is needed to increase our understanding of the long-term impact of school physical education programmes.

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