- number of sit ups decreased by 27.1%
- arm strength decreased by 26%
- grip strength decreased by 7%
- twice as many children could not hold their own weight when hanging from bars
Think about the general population of children. For example, the Presidential Physical Fitness test that is frequently used throughout schools is based on a 1985 School Population Fitness Survey. It was validated in 1998, by means of comparison with a large nationwide sample collected in 1994. Therefore, the data was validated in 1998 but the initial data is over 25 years old! Does anyone know if fewer and fewer children are receiving the awards? Interesting...
Reference: Richard Alleyne. Modern life has made British children weaker in the last decade. Retrieved on 5/25/11 from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/8529071/Modern-life-has-made-British-children-weaker-in-the-last-decade.html