ERIC Number: EJ894575
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
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Sports Participation and Academic Performance: Evidence from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health
Rees, Daniel I.; Sabia, Joseph J.
Economics of Education Review, v29 n5 p751-759 Oct 2010
It has been argued that high school sports participation increases motivation and teaches teamwork and self-discipline. While several studies have shown that students who participate in athletic activities perform better in school than those who do not, it is not clear whether this association is a result of positive academic spillovers, or due to the influence of unobservables. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health and a variety of statistical techniques designed to distinguish between these hypotheses, we examine the effect of sports participation on several measures of academic performance. Our results provide only limited evidence that sports participation leads to enhanced academic performance.
Descriptors: Athletics, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, High School Students, Economics, Student Participation, Longitudinal Studies, Correlation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health