Concern over lack of physical activity by under 12’s

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A worrying number of under 12’s here can’t run, jump, throw or catch a ball properly, according to a new report.

Authors of the study are warning parents to spend more time playing with their kids.

DCU and Dublin GAA have conducted a study into the mobility skills of three thousand primary school children across the country.

The worrying results reveal many have such poor skills they can’t even do basic things like throw or catch a ball.

Dr Johann Issartel from the DCU School of health and Human Performance says children need to create life forming habits when they are young:

Sedentary lifestyles, time poor parents and over use of technology are all contributing factors.

60 percent of the children in the study were below the recommended fitness levels for their age group.