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Does Swimming Make You Smarter?

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Does Swimming Make You Smarter?

Postby Keri Tom » Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:06 pm

This article is from the Sydney Morning Herald, in Australia. Public awareness about swimming lessons and sun exposure and safety are highly promoted there; if only we had such social awareness stateside! While plenty of public awareness in the US is aimed at prevention of drunk driving, seatbelt laws, domestic violence, etc., we as a society could certainly benefit from a better understanding that drowning is the #1 cause of death for children age 4 and under in many states; it is the #2 cause of death behind car accidents in the rest of the states. The saddest part is that it is all PREVENTABLE.

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This article touches on an interesting study – an apparent link between learning to swim at an early age promotes advancement in other aspects of learning. Kudos to Australia for progressive thinking! We at Fin 2 Swim hear it all the time form our parents – once their children are competent in the water, parents see vast improvements in confidence levels, coordination, motor development, etc. We have found that children that participate in sports where all muscle groups are used - martial arts and gymnastics are great examples - tend to excel as well. It’s just nice to see it all in an actual scientific study.

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Does swimming make you smarter?

Lisa Martin
November 2, 2010
AAP

Learning to swim could make children smarter, Queensland researchers believe.
A Griffith University research project will survey more than 10,000 youngsters aged up to five to find out if swimming advances physical, social, intellectual and language development.
Professor Robyn Jorgensen said anecdotal evidence found swimmers tended to be more confident than same-age, non-swimming peers.

She said the study was in its second year and is measuring the development of youngsters learning to swim against international milestones of child development.

"The preliminary data is coming back quite positive," she told AAP.

"Children in swimming schools appear to be more advanced in terms of their development."

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Ms Jorgensen said the research will also monitor young swimmers at 60 swim schools across Australia and cross reference the results with the earlier surveys.

"Then we'll take a smaller sample of children and test them against the milestones," she said.
She said the swim teaching industry had ordered the research.

"When they're working with young kids, they've noticed the ones who have been in swimming longer are more advanced," she said.

Ms Jorgensen said this study was the largest of its kind in 30 years. The study will be run for four years.
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