The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK (FSEM) supports the need for an increase in physical activity for children in the UK. The issue has been highlighted by one of the Faculty’s Fellows, Dr Richard Weiler in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in an article titled ‘Is the lack of physical activity strategy for children complicit mass child neglect’. The FSEM recognises that there is a need, not only for a national physical activity strategy for children, but a national physical activity strategy for all adults and children in the UK.
The FSEM fully supports existing government guidelines for physical activity in children and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance on Promoting Physical Activity for Children and Young People link . Strong evidence also exists that physical activity can boost academic performance in children and young people. A research article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association titled Physical Activity and Performance at School concludes that ‘Participation in physical activity is positively related to academic performance in children.’
However, the FSEM also recognises that there is a lack of strategic management at government level to ensure that these guidelines are implemented across our schools and communities and is supporting its Fellows in a call for funding of a comprehensive national policy for the provision of child centred physical education.
Notes to Editors:
The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine was launched in 2006 and is an intercollegiate faculty of the Royal College of Physicians of London and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
The Faculty has over 550 Members and Fellows, not including medical students
There are around 70 SEM Doctors registered with the General Medical Council
The FSEM not only sets standards in SEM but oversees research, training, curriculum and assessment of SEM Doctors, including providing revalidation services
Sport and Exercise Medicine involves the medical care or injury and illness in sport and exercise. It requires accurate diagnoses, careful clinical examination, experience and knowledge of sport and exercise specific movement patterns. SEM practitioners work in a variety of settings across primary, secondary and tertiary care. The specialty has a large scale application in improving the health of the general public through exercise advice and prescription. Further information about the specialty can be found in the Media & Resources section at www.fsem.co.uk
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