14 Jul, 17 | by BJSM
Part-2 of the blog mini-series on youth
By Dr Nicky Keay
Recent reports reveal that children in Britain are amongst the least active in the world. At the other end of the spectrum there have been a cluster of articles outlining the pitfalls of early specialisation in a single sport.
Regarding the reports of lack of physical activity amongst young people in Britain, this is of concern not only for their current physical activity ability, but has repercussions for health in adult life. Research demonstrates that young people with low cardiovascular fitness have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease in adult life.
Read more: Exercise and fitness in young people - what factors contribute to long term health?
Senior Researchers, Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, University of Cape Town
What is your current area of interest/research?
Chronobiology: the study of sleep and circadian rhythms as they relate to both general health (esp obesity and cardiometabolic diseases) and sports performance
What is the most fascinating or complex realisation you have come to about this area so far?
Sleep is a “not negotiable” factor when it comes to performance and health - and yet it is the first part of our daily routine to be deprioritised or even abused when we feel that time is short
Read more: Sleep for Success - Dr Dale Rae