Exercise and children's health

Curr Sports Med Rep. 2002 Dec;1(6):349-53. doi: 10.1249/00149619-200212000-00008.


Every child and adolescent needs exercise, which is a risk-free investment for current and future health. Physicians can help parents and children understand the importance of exercise and help them select safe, enjoyable, age-appropriate activities. This article discusses current literature regarding exercise and its effects on children's health, including nutrition and cardiovascular issues. It also reviews the epidemiology and treatment of injuries in young athletes, including preventative measures.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Child
  • Diet
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Exercise*
  • Fractures, Stress / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / therapy
  • Obesity / prevention & control
  • Osteochondritis / diagnosis
  • Osteochondritis / prevention & control
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans / diagnosis
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans / therapy
  • Shoulder Injuries