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Author's Note: How Hopscotch Works

Not only is hopscotch fun, I also learned while researching the rules and regulations of the game that it can also be good exercise. Hopping is a plyometric activity, which means it helps strengthen your muscles and also helps increase your vertical jump -- so not only do players have a potsy in their pocket, they have the benefit of strength training as they hop through each game.

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