The Benefits of Sports Participation on Academic Performance
Sports participation plays an important role on all children’s physical development, including academic performance.
The NHS guidelines state:
“To maintain a basic level of health, children and young people aged 5 to 18 need to do at least 60 minutes of [moderate to vigorous] physical activity every day.”
Alongside building stamina, endurance and maintaining a healthy body weight, studies show that playing sports has huge psychological benefits for children. Sports teaches important life lessons such as discipline, confidence, teamwork and accountability. Studies show that exercise also has a positive impact on the brain, by increasing blood flow. Resulting in increased concentration, improved memory, enhanced creativity and better developed problem-solving skills.
In this article we will explore the important role that sports participation plays on a child’s academic performance.
A growing body of research has linked physical activity to improvements in achievement. Studies have shown that increased exercise can boost performance in core subjects including English, Maths and Science. This is largely owing to the effects of physical activity on brain function. Games that require an element of problem-solving can boost the brain’s ability to organise and act on information. It can transfer to academic tasks. Physical activity has been shown to be effective in energising children and boosting engagement in lessons.
Development of psychological attributes
As previously mentioned, research indicates that participating in sports plays a positive role in developing key social attributes in children. These include problem-solving, discipline, respect for others, leadership and coping skills. Sports also require memorization, repetition, learning skills, and goal setting which can all be directly transferred to the classroom. Self-confidence is a major factor for a child in the participation of sports. Once that confidence is instilled, other important factors such as internal motivation, focus and concentration often flourish. Sports also help children to develop patience and understanding that it can take a lot of practice to improve not only their physical skills but also their academic performance. These are all important psychological attributes that could lead to children’s overall success in school.
How we are helping to enhance children’s academia through sports
Without a clear structured and learning orientated approach, these benefits don’t just happen. Here at Boom Sports, we have applied our Sports Science expertise to bring all these components together in developing our personalised scheme of work. We believe that enjoyment and development is essential to a child’s continuance of sports. This longevity within sports participation will positively impact their academia and psychological attributes.
Our sports coaches aim to develop fundamental motor skills in children with our energetic games and activities, whilst inspiring our little ones to develop important social skills including communication, leadership and decision making. So, we gear of all our sports coaching and childcare services towards this development process.
So, whether you’re a school looking for a solution to your PE teaching, extra-curricular clubs or sports day provision, or you’re a parent interested in getting your children more active during the holidays, Boom Sports is here to help.