The Positive Effect of
Physical Activity on Learning
The Importance of Movement and Physical Activity
It is has been universally accepted that sports and physical activity have a positive impact on children’s physical and mental health. But over the past few years studies have proven that sports and other forms of physical activity improve memory, cognitive functioning, and academic achievement for children of all ages, proving that brain activity and brain development are enhanced by physical exercise.
Physical Education Classes Are On The Chopping Block
It was not very long ago that kids had a physical education class every single day…but now in most schools that has been reduced to once per week, sometimes every other week, or eliminated altogether. This forces children to go through an entire week with little or no vigorous physical activity and this impacts learning.
The Relationship Between Activity & Learning
Studies conducted in the United States and Internationally have uncovered an important relationship between a child’s participation in physical activity and academic achievement.
The studies have uncovered these important relationships:
- Higher Math Scores: A two-year physical activity intervention led to significant improvement in children’s math scores.
- Increasing Overall Academic Achievement: The academic achievement of children who received extra physical education was significantly higher than a group that did not!
- Improving Reading Comprehension: Reading comprehension greatly improved following a 20-minute aerobic activity or sport.
- Higher Test Scores: Children performing rigorous activity in or out of school had higher test scores.
- Higher Grade Point Average: Children that were involved in an organized sport or exercised on a daily basis had significantly higher grade point averages.
Move to Learn
There is now clear evidence that physical activity greatly enhances children’s cognitive functioning, memory, concentration and overall focus. Studies have shown that:
- Physical activity improves concentration and attention span.
- Physical activity improves classroom behavior.
- Movement and activity improves mental health and self-esteem.
- On-task behavior is greatly improved with activity.
- Learning while performing a physical activity raised test scores.
It’s Time to Integrate Physical Activity
Throughout the Curriculum
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education issued physical guidelines suggesting that children should have an accumulation of more than 60 minutes, and up to several hours of rigorous physical activity on a daily basis.
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abc123 Instructional Programs bring athletics and academics together. Children learn by cooperative play and they participate in a variety of fun movement-based progressions for player improvement (developmental drills) and fun movement-based games that incorporate both physical and educational skills.
Fun, Exercise and Learning are Merged … Kids Love It!