Preschool Children's Sports Policy Development and Health Since the Reform and Opening Up in China

Patrick W C Lau, Huiqi Song, Li Yin, Ava Xingmeng Huang

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Early childhood is the most critical and rapid period of complete and healthy motor and cognitive development in human life. On the basis of a review of the content design of the governmental documents on preschool children's sports policies over the past 40 years of reform and opening up, the characteristics and problems of the evolution of early childhood sport policies at different historical stages are worthy of exploration. This chapter aims to describe the current situation of preschool children's motor skills, physical activity, and physical fitness; review the preschool children sports policy in China since the reform and opening up; analyse the characteristics of the sports policy; and make recommendations to promote the sport and health in Chinese preschoolers. The timeline of preschool sport policy development spans over 40 years since the reform and opening up of the country, and it is the period of history with the greatest number of policy changes, adjustments, and impacts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Sport in China
EditorsFan Hong, Liu Li
Place of PublicationNew York; Oxon
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781003204015
ISBN (Print)9781032068206, 9781032068220
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge International Handbooks

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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