Sunday, July 13, 2014

Climate effects on Youth sports?

We have earlier mentioned that some out-door natural ice hockey rinks in Canada have had a hard time to keep ice throughout the full recent winters due to warmer winters - something we reported here after reading about it.

Let us now first say that maybe be believe in climate change and climate change does not just mean that the average temperature on our globe is getting warmer. If we as laymen understand this right - slightly higher temperatures mean also possibly more extreme weather (warmer, but also possibly colder, wetter or drier, more fires or other conditions at some places) - depending a bit upon where you live. Slightly higher temperatures could mean more moisture and rain in the atmosphere. Most things you read about however - as related to a warmer climate - often describe less ice at the poles, possibly higher water levels and agricultural related issues, like droughts, floods and more storms.
Most of these ideas is often presented at some sort of a macro scale. Climate is indeed the weather at the macro scale.

Let us now just ask a micro question. Since the weather is the climate at the micro level.
Did you encounter and Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Football, Tennis or any other outdoor sport in your local area that was cancelled or re-scheduled due to rain, storms, drought, excessive heat, cold or any other weather related matter? Has this been more than previous decades/years?

If it is the case that the more active weather has taken out a few more games or practices for outdoor youth sports at the local level.? Let us pretend more active weather took just out a few hours totally at the local level. Now try to scale this up to the national level - and then to the Global level. So if your community missed just 5 hours of youth outdoor sports the last years - now add 10,000 communities like your own. Take this to the International scale add like 100 countries and then just pretend that each activity involved 10 kids doing sports... Done with the math? This multiplication math exercise say that the globe lost roughly 50 Million hours of Youth sports outdoors due to a more active weather pattern. May this have an impact on youth health? Or not? Is outdoor sports for kids as effective as they used to be - if climate change now affects these activities?

What to do? Well what to do is first to fix the climate change if we now think this is a problem.
Second? Give the kids an indoor alternative when the weather goes bad on us. Open up the indoors during the summer too; Basketball, Futsal, Handball and Floorball - all perfect sports - that keep kids running.

Or do you keep on canceling re-scheduling outdoor events - hoping the weather will turn better next season?

Disclaimer - this post is fully based upon speculation. But some scientist should look into this - since if the reasoning above is true - kids perhaps spend yet even more time just sitting still. The numbers we speculate with is probably rather modest - but as you scale a small system up to global levels - the true impact becomes violent - and remember our little math experiment only cover one single season. This is the kind of questions the UN should look into - perhaps?
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To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!