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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Kids Who Spend Too Much Time On The Couch Have Poorer Motor Coordination

As is always the case with these types of studies, the kids do TV or computing.

Oddly, they never are readers or chess players who demonstrate the ill effects of those pursuits.
A study published in the American Journal of Human Biology shows that children who are sedentary for over three-quarters of their time, watching TV or spending time in front of the computer have up to nine times poorer motor coordination compared to those who are active.

The study revealed that it is not sufficient to combat the negative effect of sedentary behavior on basic motor coordination skills like walking, throwing or catching with physical activity alone. These activities are thought to be the basis to more complex movements.
Go figure.

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