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Of students from 1st through 12th grade in the United States, 57 percent participate in some form of extracurricular activity. Within those involved in extracurriculars, 34.7 percent are in a sport.1 Three-fourths of parents in the U.S. report encouraging their children to participate in a sport.2 Those who participate in sports and athletics have a lower likelihood of cardiovascular disease and obesity, and can increase bone and joint health, as well as improve sleep quality.3 Children in sports are also likely to have better vision — and have lower risk of developing vision impairments — and better motor skills than those who do not.4 Participation in athletics can also improve academic performance.5 Show References
1 https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2014/cb14-224.html 2 https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/07/01/418899249/benefits-of-sports-to-a-childs-mind-and-heart-all-part-of-the-game 3 https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/sport-and-children 4 https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=organized-sports-for-kids-1-4556 5 https://www.muhealth.org/conditions-treatments/pediatrics/adolescent-medicine/benefits-of-sports
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