For nearly 80 years, debates on the positive and negative side effects of students participating in sports while in school, have grown and have been the basis of many studies. These studies have brought forth much insight on the physical, social, and educational influences on student-athletes. Along with physical strength and endurance, the participation in high school sports also improves math skills, increases focus, develops leadership, builds a competitive nature, and develops many social skills, like interaction, communication, collective thinking, and self-confidence, just to name a few. So many people are concerned about the declining focus of students and their studies, leading to higher drop out rates and a not so bright future for everyone. There's a simple fix, get kids involved in sports.
A study by the U.S. Department of Education reveals that the students who participate in extra-curricular activities, like playing sports, are three times more likely to have a grade point average of 3.0 or better than those students that do not. ...
According to most High School Athletic Associations, to be eligible for tryouts, practices, or participation in athletic contests, a player must be under the age of 19, have 85% attendance of the previous semester, earn passing grades in five subjects, and have an overall cumulative grade point average of 1.5 or above. With so many requirements, a student-athlete doesnt have the option to blow off their education like some will accuse. They are faced with the simple fact; let their grades slip, and they dont play. For most athletes, that alone is enough motivation to pay attention and work hard in teh classroom. Those who dont care to keep their grades up, obviously do not care about playing their sport, and should not be allowed on the team; hence the enforcement of academic eligibility requirements. This is the prominant link between athletics and academics.
Many people and even some professionals believe that kids playing sports in school are not as focused on their grades as they should be, that time kids spend training and playing games is time that they should spend studing and planning for their futures. With much research, I was unable to find a single study that implies that sports have a negative effect on a students education. ...
In his work, the Sociology of Education, Professor Beckett Broh, analyses the effects of playing sports and academic achievement. He found that this participation promotes student development and social ties among other students, parents, and schools. His studies also show that participation in sports raise students' grades and test scores. Another study by Larry Stephens and Laura Schaben, Professors at the University of Nebraska, follow along the same lines as those of Broh. One thing they noticed was that students who participate in atleast one sport each year, outperform those who were involved in one or less in overall GPA, and class ranking. Overall, most of the researches indicate that physical activity, not only improves academic performance, but also has an actual physical benefit of one's mind.
If you would like a medical explanation for why these statistics are true, Dr. R. J. Shephard, the Director of the School of Physical and Health Education at the University of Toronto, said, "Regular physical activity might influence cognitive development by increasing cerebral blood flow, altering arousal and associate neruohormonal balance, changing nutritional status, or promoting the growth of interneuronal connections." In a nut shell, he is saying that physical activity causes a healthier body and also a clear mind to accomplish any goals set by an individual.
Many attributes go into having a higher academic achievement than anyone else. Higher grade point averages, test scores, graduation rates, class ranking, and a better attitude towards one's education, are parts of what defines academic success. Looking at the studies that have been done, student-athletes are more likely to be more advanced in these particulat areas than non-athletes.