Running to classes late is probably the only physical activity most students engage in. as such, most students can not imagine balancing between taking up a sport and pursuing their education. However, as the popular saying goes ‘all work and no play makes jack a dull boy’. There is no better place to apply the saying than when analyzing the relationship or impact of sports on a student’s education quality.
Many students in schools are struggling and experiencing some trouble achieving academic excellence. Their struggle does not show or imply that they are primarily underachievers or they are not bright. The main reason the quality of education is declining is because children are spending more time in class thereby ignoring sports. The more students shy away from sports, the harder they will struggle in class.
Various studies and experts have established a direct link between sports and education performance. The studies found out that athletes or students who take part in sports make better students compared to those who do not engage in any physical activities/ sports.
A study published in the international journal of the history of sport found out that athletes make better students. The researchers argued that sports makes people to be better organized and disciplined in addition to being time conscious. These skills when applied in an educational setting are very important. Self-discipline, for example, among athletes when applied by students makes them to avoid bad habits such as procrastination. Also, self-discipline and endurance derived from sports empowers students to push their academic limits without giving up. These sentiments are echoed by Stephen Baddeley who is a sports director at Bath University.
Charles Basch in his 2010 essay explained why sports is good for students. He argued that sports improve a student’s cognitive ability. He summarized his findings into
- Sports/physical activity improves the flow of oxygen to the student’s brain
- This leads to the development of more brain neurotransmitters
- The neurotransmitters lead to increased brain neutrotrophins. Neurotrophins are responsible for maintaining or improving the brains parts that are tasked with memory and learning.
The school dropout rates are often lower among students who take part in sports compared to students who take minimal sports activities. However, it is vital to note that students should not be forced to take part in sports. They have to do it willingly. Otherwise, the exercise will be counterproductive.
These findings prove that sport plays an important part in the academic development of students. Thus, students should strike a balance between sports and learning.