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Brain boost: Sport and physical activity enhance children’s learning

Brain boost: Sport and physical activity enhance children’s learning

The paper developed by the Department of Sport and Recreation WA provides information about the link between physical activity and academic achievement.

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An unacceptably high proportion of school-aged children are not active enough to accrue health benefits. One method of increasing the activity levels of these children is to provide opportunities during school time through organised sport or physical activity.

The Department of Sport and Recreation commissioned a review of literature examining the relationship between participation in organised sport or physical activity and academic achievement. The review concluded that encouraging participation in organised sport or other strategies to increase children’s physical activity opportunities could result in improved health and academic outcomes.  Furthermore it was found that replacing class time with sport and physical activity did not reduce academic outcomes and may actually have a positive effect on learning.

Year published: 2010

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