Student Physical Health & Exercise Intervention Summit held


The 2017 Physical Health and Exercise Intervention Summit is held at ECNU.

The 2017 Physical Health and Exercise Intervention Summit was held at ECNU on June 24-25. It showcased multi-platforms for students to explore recent developments in physical health and exercise science. Experts and scholars from China and abroad, likewise, supported ECNU’s collaborative initiatives with the Ministry of Education’s Key Laboratory of Youth Health Evaluation and Exercise Intervention (KLYHEI) in the area of exercise and health sciences. 

At the summit, ECNU scholars disclosed to the public 3 new research discoveries : 

--Chinese Children and Juvenile Physical Health Standard: a 6-year project, one of the 3 conclusive results surveyed 100,000 students from 26 provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions across Mainland China. 

--Communique on Comparison of Physical Health of Chinese and Japanese Children: a 3-year project, of which, the data was compiled from a similar test design to compare results of the 2 subjects. Nearly 20,000 children and adolescents between the ages of 7-18 were surveyed from 4 regions of Japan and China. 

--Communique on Implementation of a Reformative PE Curriculum: the final analysis, conclusive findings about the physical and mental health - among more than 100,000 -  primary and middle school students from Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shanxi, Hebei, and Henan.

Experts and scholars from China and abroad participate in the Summit.

In recent years, comparative methods to measure the health of adolescents in Japan and China has been a popular academic research topic. For instance, an analysis conducted by a Chinese expert who concluded that the average growth rate of Chinese adolescents - between the ages of 7 and 17 - is less than their Japanese counterparts. The results of this study found that Chinese adolescents are, precisely, 2.54 centimeters shorter than the majority of other Japanese children. The whole study sparked a furious debate among intellectual circles in East Asia, thus, has led to fresh academic research. 

New research findings on the topic of growth development among Japanese and Chinese adolescents has proved to falsify prior studies. According to the collaborative research of the KLYHEI and Department of Sports and Health at ECNU - in 2014 and 2016 respectively - the height, weight and BMI of Chinese adolescents were notably higher compared to Japanese children of the same cohort. On the other hand, it also showed that teenage growth spurts between the 2 regions occur at similar ages: 11-12 years old for males and 8-9 years old for females.

Prof. Ji Liu's research team disclose 3 new research discoveries.

According to the director of the collaborative research team, Prof. Ji Liu, he purported that data induced from anthropometric studies only reflects an individual’s body mass, yet it is only one of the factors to take into consideration:  A larger height does not necessarily mean better physical health, said Ji Liu.

Official statistics also revealed an increasing rate of overweight and obese children in China as compared to their counterparts in Japan. Educators of physical fitness and sports health refuted the common trend in Chinese education which values intellectual development and neglects physical education. Ji Liu also responded, stating his long-term goals: We will continue to perfect the latest research analyses before submitting a decision-making consultation report to the Ministry of Education. We must find a suitable strategy for pertinent intervention on the physical health conditions of Chinese children and adolescents.

Some media show great interest in the Summit.

He also added that the Chinese Children and Juvenile Physical Health Standard was specifically tested to improve China's testing parameters and methods, in order, to conform with international research standards; re-assuring China’s commitment to comparative research in the field of physical health. 

ECNU’s new test-studies in physical health and sports sciences has significantly improved and even replaced some of the test methods established by the National Student Physical Health Standard. For example, ECNU’s model incorporates some key modern exercises, such as the 1,000-meter and 800-meter races, sit and reach, and sit-ups. Moreover, it also established a systematic evaluation to measure the physical strength for students of all ages, including waist size measurements appropriated to the BMI, advanced tests to measure physical strength and flexibility, a measurable index for the physical health of youths, and reduced-speed thresholds to measure individual competitiveness. 


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