Narrow focus on physical activity could be ruining kids’ playtime

22 septiembre 2014

While public health authorities focus on the physical activity benefits of active play, a new study reveals that for children, playing has no goal — it is an end in itself, an activity that is fun, done alone or with friends, and it represents «an opportunity to experience excitement or pleasure, but also to combat boredom, sadness, fear, or loneliness.»‘By focusing on the physical activity aspect of play, authorities put aside several aspects of play that are beneficial to young people’s emotional and social health,’ says a professor.