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How Involvement in Sports Boosts Academic Performance

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This research topic grew out of an intensive study that examines how school students navigate academic barriers of achievement and success. In this project, I analyze a variety of ways in which sports and other extracurricular activities play a crucial role in enabling young people in schools reach greater heights of academic excellence. At the beginning, it was clear that sport was a milestone to the achievement of higher grades to most students proving to be a support structure of success. However, as it will be examined in this article, sport has been proven to be a tool of promoting academic work. I have reviewed various research bodies that expound more on the correlation of sports to students’ academic excellence. The results have been critically analyzed to indicate the importance of physical exercises to learners.

The results of the studies conducted by scholars serve to enlighten many ways of benefits of child’s involvement in physical activities. Lastly, I draw a conclusion and encourage schools to advise their students to join sports for the overall performance of the institution. Excellence in academics among students in high school has been a major concern for researchers, parents and lecturers. Nevertheless, the inactive lifestyle of most students and young individuals is taking a toll on their health, resulting into a worrying number of them contracting fatal diseases, such as cardio respiratory illness among others. High school students have massively abandoned sports and other extracurricular activities. The lack of time to engage in such activities is the main cause, as pointed out by most students. Physical activities such as sports make a tremendous difference in improving students’ academic grades. The involvement makes a student active in all the activities possessing the ability to manage his or her time well.

Studies and researches have been carried out to investigate the significance of involvement in sports among students. A study of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) examined how academic performance in schools was linked to physical activities among students. Researchers who participated in the study had initially made an assumption that children who enrolled in physical education excelled in academic. This can be attributed to the reduction of boredom and keeping a child more focused.
The research posted in ACSM’s journal scrutinized 250 middle-aged students. A random assignment to PE classes was conducted at the beginning of the first semester of that particular academic year. Researchers gathered specific information pertaining to a student’s level of activity. The information was based both inside and outside the physical exercise class. The results were compared to their performances in mathematics, science, and world study subjects.

Researchers noted that enrollment in Physical Education (moderately for 20minutes, 5 days per week) had no significant impact on the grades of the students involved in the study. Vigorous activities for at least 30 minutes for 4 days were recommended by the government’s Healthy People 2011. The study reported that vigorous children involved in sports or other physical activities had better grades as …