Effect of Athletic Participation on Academic Success of Adolescents

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In recent studies it has been shown that participating in athletics may lead to adolescents having more success in the classroom than their non-sports playing counterparts. A survey done by Michigan State University and USA Today shows that, “35 million United States children between the ages of five and eighteen are involved in youth athletic programs and have a regular AP” (Youth Sports Statistics, 2013). Please note that AP throughout all research studies mentioned means “athletic participation.” While all research projects my classmates have done this semester in the field of child and adolescent development have relevance to a demographic today, mine has connection across all demographics. Whether it is students in low-income …show more content…
If athletic activity appears to contribute to academic success, it may be something educators want to focus on in an effort to build knowledge in their students. With this correlation in mind, the following question guided my research as I studied: In what ways, if any, does athletics participation contribute to academic success for adolescents?
Article Reviews Marsh and Kleitman (2003) while at the University of Western Sydney studied the effects of school athletic participation (AP) and its effects in the educational world for those 30 million high school students that participate in “highest extracurricular activity;” that athletics. The findings perhaps obvious, the study article is titled, School Athletic Participation: Mostly Gain With Little Pain, and asserts that high school AP has very favorable results on students; especially outcomes towards the end of high school. In order to test the effect of AP on academic success, they designed a longitudinal study where four series of information were collect over the course of 5 years. The data was collected during the following four phases: 1) grade eight students as they entered high school (base year), 2) spring semester of the tenth grade year, 3) spring semester of the twelfth grade year, and 4) in the postsecondary phase the following year after high school graduation. Upon being collected,

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