Evaluating the Relationship Between Physical Education, Sport and Social Inclusion
Oxford, UK: Taylor and Francis
Educational Review v.57 n.1, 2005, 71-90 pages
Reviews evidence from studies conducted in the United Kingdom (UK) related to the effects of physical education and sports on young people. UK educational policy reviews focus on increasing social inclusion, social capital, and academic performance while decreasing crime and truancy. Additionally a sedentary lifestyle has a negative impact on children's health. Sports participation affects physical health, cognitive and academic development, mental health, crime reduction, and truancy reduction. Considerable evidence illustrates the positive relationship between sports and physical and mental health; however, before links among academic improvement, crime, and athletics can be substantiated, further research is needed.
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