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Back to School! Back to Sports!

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With kids going back to school now, many of them are also going back to participation in a variety of team and individual sports. Sports practice does potentially take time away from academics, but there are many advantages to building skill in a sport. That’s why Grand Slam Sports is proud of the work we have done for many families and communities to promote physical activity and athletics.

Obviously, participation in sports helps maintain a healthy body. It can also help reduce stress and improve sleep and mental health.

Team sports are a great way to strengthen friendships and learn leadership skills. Athletes often develop greater self-confidence and self-control. Many student athletes learn the discipline needed to successfully balance both academics and athletics. One could ask whether these students would achieve any of these benefits without their participation in sports.

Studies have demonstrated that physically active people are not only healthier but also perform better on tests of cerebral or intellectual ability. Most studies show that the more exercise a student gets, the greater their academic performance can become.

The British universities of Strathclyde and Dundee published a longitudinal study conducted among 5,000 children and adolescents. The study found strong links between exercise and exam success in English, math, and science. The increase in academic performance was estimated to start after 17 minutes of exercise for boys. And in the case of girls, the increase was detected after 12 minutes. Overall, children who exercise regularly are proven to be more academically inclined between the ages of 11 to 16.

Dr. Josie Booth of Dundee University explained: “Physical activity is more than just important for your physical health. There are other benefits and that is something that should be especially important to parents, policy-makers, and people involved in education.”

So, if your children live for school only because they enjoy recess and participating in sports, don’t worry. Physical activity is good for them! Make sure they spend time on your backyard Sport Court. Or give us a call to have a Sport Court installed in your backyard.

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