Want Your Kid to Do Better In School? Here’s the Secret.
Did you ever find back in school that the star athletes were also star students who seemed to have everything go their way? It wasn’t just you and it wasn’t just in your mind. And odds are it’s still that way today.
High school may be more than just a few years back for you, but if you keep in touch with old classmates (or even just Facebook stalk), you’re bound to find a fairly universal commonality: The people who were successful athletes in high school are probably successful adults in the real world.
It may seem just plain unfair or like the luck of the draw, but truth is that study after study has found a correlation between youth athletes and success through life.
Some studies and sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) take it from a tactical perspective, meaning that it isn’t just a given that someone who is good at sports will also have high academic achievement. It isn’t simply that athletes are “smart” or gifted,” but rather that they learn skills that translate to classroom learning and achievement.
For example, the CDC states that regular physical activity “reduces feelings of depression and anxiety and promotes psychological well-being.” Who is more active than a young athlete?! Depression by nature lessens motivation to perform, not to mention impacts concentration, so by simply being active through youth sports, a young athlete is improving their mental health and happiness – and already has an advantage toward academic success.
Additionally, regular physical activity helps kids to focus and be more attentive; this is one of the reasons that some schools are bringing back extended or more frequent recesses. Active kids have better focus in the classroom and are better able to remain attentive, giving them a better capacity for listening to instruction and learning. Again, who is more active than a young athlete?
Sports also teach youth a variety of skills that translate into great academic performance. For example, they are used to following directions, practicing and knowing that perfection doesn’t often happen on the first try. They know how to pick themselves back up and try again, to relate to and work well with others and to communicate when there are both problems and successes.
Athletics are absolutely about learning physical skills, but there are so many other lessons and benefits that translate directly into life. It’s no wonder that youth athletes do better in the classroom, consistently attaining better grades and test scores than non-athletes.
What’s more is that athletes continue to achieve through life.
Numerous sources, such as this Cornell University report, have found that including youth sports on a resume automatically make a potential hire a more attractive candidate. The reasoning is sound; by participating in competitive sports, athletes learn so many qualities that translate into the professional world, including leadership, teamwork, responsibility and accountability, to name just a few.
So many habits are built early on, so by learning and exhibiting positive learning skills throughout the formative years, those same good habits carry through life and manifest throughout college and later in the professional world.
Have a great one,
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