Sports Medicine

, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 265–270 | Cite as

Is there a Long-Term Health Legacy of Required Physical Education?

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This article documents current literature on the potential long-term effects of school physical education on various outcomes in adults. A first observation is the rarity of publications on this topic. Nevertheless, the available literature suggests that physical education should offer a variety of either lifelong physical activities or sports in order to reach children with differing interests. In some children, competitive sports may generate a lifelong interest in physical activity, but most children may be better socialized by lifelong physical activities. In order to expose children to such a wide choice of physical activities, more time should be allocated to physical education instruction. Substantial further research is needed to increase our understanding of the long-term impact of school physical education programmes.


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Funding from the Social Sciences and Humanity Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) was used to assist in the preparation of this review. The authors have no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this text.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical Activity SciencesUniversité du Québec à Trois—RivièresTrois—RivièresCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of Physical and Health EducationUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Department of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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