Link between sports and academic results

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19 September 2007, AMSTERDAM (dpa) - School pupils with sporting prowess, do better academically, a study in the Netherlands has found.

19 September 2007

AMSTERDAM (dpa) - School pupils with sporting prowess, do better academically, a study in the Netherlands has found.

The study was conducted by University Medical Centre Groningen, the University of Groningen and the Dutch Olympic committee and sports federation NOC-NSF.

Researchers investigated the performance of 595 talented sports people aged 12 to 20 for the study - the results of which were released Tuesday.

The study showed that the general skills acquired during intensive sports activity, play a decisive role in achieving good academic results at school.

For example, talented sporters tend to be very skilled in planning their studies. This ensures more successful school results. In addition, they are extremely motivated to study and score high.

Only 16 percent of all Dutch students are enrolled in Dutch VWO programmes - high schools geared at producing university entrants. The study found that 38 percent of talented sporters study at VWO level.

Researchers said the results of the study may help talented young sportspeople to get better school coaching.

In addition, they believe the study proves that playing sport is an important activity, even for teenagers who do not excel in any particular sport.

The NOC-NSF is the umbrella organisation of 90 national sport associations and some 30,000 sub associations, representing some 4.7 million sportspeople in the Netherlands.

[Copyright dpa 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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