Japan schoolgirls' physical abilities highest since 2008

posted on December 12, 2015

Schoolgirls in Japan this year scored the highest average mark on record in nationwide physical performance tests that began in 2008, the Sports Agency said Friday.

Fifth and eighth graders are subject to the physical tests. Both groups of schoolgirls logged the highest-ever scores of 55.2 points and 49.0 points, respectively. In stark contrast, the average score for fifth-grade boys hit a record low of 53.8 points. Scores for eighth-grade boys averaged 41.8 points.

In a questionnaire survey, meanwhile, fewer schoolgirls said they do almost no physical exercise on a weekly basis. The proportion of those disliking physical exercise also fell.

By test item, average marks for both grip strength and ball throwing continued at the lowest levels for both boys and girls.

The results are believed to reflect in part situations in which fewer children now lift weights and play baseball, according to the agency.

source by jiji
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