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Children who Are Physically Fit Have Higher Academic Achievement

By: Krystle Crossman

Your child is meant to be active. They are supposed to run around, play, have fun, and join team sports. Too many children sit at home and watch television or play video games for hours on end and become lazy. A new study shows that active children who are physically fit are more likely to do well in school and have more brain power than idle children.

The study was conducted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. One of the biggest things that the researchers found was that children that are aerobically fit had better language skills than the children that were not as fit. The synapses in their brains fired quicker and stronger. There was no direct cause that was found for why being fit had an impact but the researchers said that their findings absolutely showed a correlation between the two things.

To perform the study they gave children EEGs which measures the brain waves and how quickly the brain responds to certain stimuli. They found that the fit children were not only able to read better but they were better at reading passages that were filled with grammatical errors. They looked at two specific brain wave patterns called P600 and N400 which deal with language and the ability to identify errors in grammar. The children that were fit had strong results with both of these brain wave groups and were able to better understand sentences that did not make sense or were filled with errors.

One of the most important findings that the researchers announced is that children who are aerobically fit generally achieve much higher grades and are able to perform better in school.

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