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Physical activity and academic performance are linked, reveals study

According to a recent study, researchers have found that the academic performance of children at school could be linked to their activity levels.

A Dutch analysis of a number of previous studies has revealed that children’s performance within a classroom setting could be linked to how physically active they are.

The research, which has now been published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine looked into 14 different studies involving over 12,000 children.

The results pooled from the various different studies revealed that the act of exercising could help to increase oxygen and blood flow to the brain which in turn increases cognition.

Though more research is needed to cement the findings, researchers have also said that children who learn from an early age to participate in sport may also learn to obey rules – making them more disciplined and able to concentrate.

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Emma Hilton

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