RCH National Child Health Poll Director and Paediatrician, Dr Anthea Rhodes,joins dave to talk about thee latest RCH National Child Health Poll on the topic on ‘Kids and sport: Impacts of the pandemic’ is out this week .

The poll found that half of Australian children have participated in less organised sport and other physical activities since the COVID-19 pandemic as parents say that costs, the risk of catching COVID-19, and frequent disruptions are their leading concerns about returning.

The latest poll also found that the majority of Australian parents (59%) believe that their child’s participation in organised sport or other physical activity is just as important, if not more important (37%) for their children’s health and wellbeing than it was before the pandemic.

The key findings of the poll are: 

  • Half of Australian children (50%) have participated in less organised sport and other physical activities since COVID-19, with one in three doing a lot less or no sport.
  • The impact of COVID-19 on sport participation has been greatest in Victoria and New South Wales, with twice as many children in these states doing less organised sport and physical activities compared to those in other states and territories.
  • Sports clubs and organisations have been innovative and responsive during the pandemic, with most children in Victoria (63%) and NSW (54%) participating in at least some of their activities online.
  • Cost is the leading concern for parents about their children and teens re-engaging in organised sport and physical activities with most parents (58%) saying the registration, fees, sports clothes or equipment are too expensive.
  • Many children have lost interest, lost fitness or become despondent about participation due to frequent disruptions of sporting activities.

 

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