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New proposals to diffuse sport among young

Aspen Institute launched a model of sport development for children and adolescents based on the most recent research in this area with the aim to increase their involvement in sport. The goal is to change the sport culture centered on the early start to a single sport, suggesting the validity of a multi-sports even for future elite athletes. This initiative also aims to increase the number of young physically active that in recent years is narrowing significantly. The project, developed together with the most important sports organizations and worldwide company has been called Project Play – Reimagining Youth Sport in America.

Fig. 6 Physical activity has long lasting benefits that affect all aspects of a child’s life and last into adulthood. (Courtesy of Aspen Institute Project Play) [Citation]  

Physical and motor activity are two different concepts

Physical activity refers to any movement of the body induced by skeletal muscle capable of giving rise to an energy expenditure in excess with respect to the rest condition. Any force exerted by skeletal muscles can determine an increase of energy expenditure. The activity can vary depending on length, intensity, frequency, number of affected muscle groups, causing adaptations to different levels of equipment and structures involved.

Motor activity is based on the ability of the Central Nervous System to process information and produce the resulting movements so adapted to the external or internal environmental needs.

Therefore, when we talk about physical activity, if it was a car, we told how its various  mechanical and electronic parts allow it to move. If we integrate the car driver we will start to talk of motor activity, in which the latter decides how to use the  car / human body quality.

Also we have to remove the concept of psychomotor activity, since the concept of motor activity includes the activities of cognitive processes  which are part of any expression of the Central Nervous System.