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ERIC Number: ED233994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 9
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What Research Says: About the Correlation between Athletic Participation and Academic Achievement.
Ballantine, Robert J.
Research has differing things to say about the effects of athletic participation on the academic achievement of athletes. Interest in this relationship has generated a number of studies at the high school and college levels, although little has been done at the junior high school level. A review, done in 1934, of 41 studies found that non-athletes performed slightly better in schoolwork than did athletes, and that athletes tended to get better grades once the sports season was over. More recent studies show a positive relationship between academic achievement and athletic participation. Similar results were found in a 10-year study which showed that athletes' academic achievement was not significantly lower than that of non-athletes. A study extending previous research found that participation in athletics had a positive effect on participants' aspirations and income. One study found athletics interfering with the academic objectives of high school; however, other studies found athletic participation had a positive rather than negative effect and that a greater proportion of athletes rather than non-athletes attend college. Results have shown that there appears to be a correlation between participation in sports and academic achievement, but further studies need to be undertaken. (JMK)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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