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ERIC Number: EJ1182302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Sports That Work for Gifted Children
Lutostanski, Scott
Parenting for High Potential, v7 n1 p9-11, 15 Mar 2018
Finding an enjoyable, exciting, and engaging activity for gifted students can be a challenging balancing act. While parents want their children to become active and involved, they may face setbacks as they try to find the right fit, with some gifted children grappling with poor fine and gross motor abilities. While a high percentage of gifted children are very talented athletes, other gifted children develop asynchronously, with a superior intellect developed well ahead of their social and emotional skills and physical maturity. For these children, sports and other physical activities may not come as easily. The impact of asynchronous development on the motor cortex, coupled with social and emotional obstacles, can discourage some gifted children from finding athletic and social outlets. Yet, finding a sport that meets the needs and helps overcome the challenges of the gifted student can be challenging. It is important to consider sports that gifted children will be most successful in, based on their physical, social, and emotional needs. The following sports have qualities that may make them appropriate for gifted students: (1) individual sports such as fencing and martial arts; (2) individual team sports such as wrestling, gymnastics, cross country, and swimming; and (3) team sports such as soccer, hockey, and basketball.
National Association for Gifted Children. 1331 H Street NW Suite 1001, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-785-4268; Fax: 202-785-4248; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A