International Olympic Committee consensus statement on the health and fi tness of young people through physical activity and sport

Public in B J Sports Med, 2011. Written by Margo Mountjoy,Lars Bo Andersen, Neil Armstrong, Stuart Biddle, Colin Boreham,Hans-Peter Brandl Bedenbeck, Ulf Ekelund, Lars Engebretsen,Ken Hardman, Andrew Hills, Sonja Kahlmeier, Susi Kriemler, Estelle Lambert, Arne Ljungqvist, Victor Matsudo, Heather McKay, Lyle Micheli, Russell Pate, Chris Riddoch, Patrick Schamasch, Carl Johan Sundberg, Grant Tomkinson, Esther van Sluijs, Willem van Mechelen


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognises the health and fi tness benefi ts of physicalactivity (PA) and sport as stated in recommendation #51 from the Olympic Movement in SocietyCongress held in Copenhagen, 2009: Everyone involved in the Olympic Movement must become more aware of the fundamental importance of Physical Activity and sport for a healthy lifestyle, not least in the growing battle against obesity, and must reach out to parents and schools as part of a strategy to counter the rising inactivity of young people. The IOC assembled an expert group (January 2011) to discuss the role of PA and sport on the health and fi tness of young people and to critically evaluate the scientifi c evidence as a basis fordecision making. Specifi cally, the purpose of this consensus paper is to identify potential solutions through collaboration between sport and existing programmes and to review the research gaps inthis fi eld. The ultimate aim of the paper is to provide recommendations for young people’s sport and PA stakeholders.

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