Young people today are not getting enough exercise - but parents around the world are turning to TopTekkers to get their children into a healthy and productive routine.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, only one in three children are physically active every day. Even fewer (24%) are getting the recommended one hour of physical activity every day.
The 2018 United States Report Card scores children’s overall physical activity levels at D-. The top two actionable priorities to come out of that report were:
- Develop national movement recommendations with guidelines for sedentary behavior and screen time in children and youth.
- Include objective assessments of physical activity, sedentary behavior and physical fitness in ongoing national surveillance programs
Part of the way we should tackle this trend is of course by encouraging children to play sports. If your child plays soccer, they are probably receiving an hour or two’s training with their team every week. That’s great, but when children need to have at least 60 minutes of exercise every day, we need to be doing more.
Structured training sessions are not enough - the evidence shows that children still need to keep active away from the soccer field to get the exercise they need.
We cannot rely on the schools system to provide the guidance our children need to In the US, only six states (Illinois, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York and Vermont) require physical education in every grade, K-12. Children’s health is the responsibility of parents, and in the best interest of teachers and sports coaches.
According to a study by the American Heart Association, children are spending seven hours a day in front of a screen. This statistic is indicative of the digital world we live in, and does not necessarily need to be a bad thing - TopTekkers is the app that uses this screen time as a force for good.
With TopTekkers, children are set simple tasks by their coaches for them to practise at home. Be it one-touch passing or dribbling, the app is loaded with technical video tutorials and challenges for your child to master.
Studies have shown that 91% of children enjoy using TopTekkers.
The way it works is simple: a soccer coach sets tasks for their players to complete in their own time, the child watches a short tutorial video featuring someone their own age, attempts the challenge, and records their score. All challenges can be performed at home and require minimum ‘set-up’ time. The parent also has access to the app to oversee and monitor their child’s usage.
Coaches love TopTekkers, too. Not only does it help improve the fitness of the players on their team, it also gives them confidence that their players are technically competent with the fundamental skills required to play soccer - meaning they don't have to spend time teaching the basics during their limited session time.
Some parents spend more money than necessary on employing one-to-one coaches for their children. TopTekkers replaces the need for this, all in the palm of their hand. The app is totally secure too - the only communication possible is for coaches to send challenges to children on their own team.