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The Effects of Sports on Academic Performance

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Pascale Rocca

on 29 May 2011

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The Effects of Sports on Academic Performance Statistics In today's culture it is very common to play sports at school. It is a part of the social aspects of high school and sometimes based on if your friends are doing it.

Also, students academic performance are affected by playing sports. “A study by the U. S. Department of Education revealed that students who participate in sports are three times more likely to have a grade point average of 3.0 or better” than students who do not play sports.

Total extracurricular activity participation (TEAP), or participation in extracurricular activities in general, is associated with an improved grade point average, higher educational aspirations, increased college attendance, and reduced absenteeism Background Information In the medival period no one had the energy to play sports. it was accepted that sport developed character and morality
competition had to be fair and rule-governed with similar conditions for all players
sport was to be played, not for reward, but for its own sake Sport became linked to a moral code defined by the middle classes: Definitions - An institution for educating children.
- An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others. School Sports Children’s participation in organized extracurricular activities has been associated with positive short- and long-term outcomes, such as academic achievement and prosocial behaviours, and with reduced negative outcomes, such as dropping out of school and emotional and behavioural disorders Children’s participation in organized extracurricular activities has been associated with positive short- and long-term outcomes, such as academic achievement and prosocial behaviours, and with reduced negative outcomes, such as dropping out of school and emotional and behavioural disorders

Older children, children from higher-income families, and those living with two parents have been shown to have higher participation rates

At ages 6 to 9, boys were more likely than girls to play organized sports, but at older ages, participation rates in sports did not differ significantly by gender. More Statistics from Statistics Canada Gender, Grade, # of Students Gender: Girls and Boys

Grade level: 9-12(+)

# of Students: 33 students

I decided to use all grades at Holy Trinity in my survey because my topic doesn't pertain to one grade. What I am trying to figure out is a generalized answer and using only one grade doesn't generalize the whole school it only pertains to that one grade who may have different thoughts and opinions than students that are older or younger. Hypothesis I believe that most students that play sports believe that they do well in school. Those who don't play sports this survey will have no effect on them. Mody male athletes have lower marks than female athletes. This graph represents the 5 questions that best represent sports' affect on academic performance. All the data about is taken from the surveys. DATA Analysis of Data This survey was done by more boys than girls. Most of the results came from grade 9 and 10 students but there were a couple surveys from the senior classes as well. 3/4 of the survey was done by athletes so I received multiple opinions. Finding 1 Finding 2 From doing this survey about 53% of the surveyed students believed that they as athletes missed too much school due to games and tournaments related to school sports.
Missing class for games may result in lower marks even though survey Canada told us that playing sports would help increase students marks.
Also 47% of the population of students disagreed with the question of missing too much school.
I believed that those who didn't play sport would have reasonably average marks but many of them were in the higher mark range. Finding 3 93% of the surveyed stuends played sports.
90% of these students have grades between 71%-100%.
I felt that for athletes who missed classes due to games was really good.
To keep up with school work is difficult without sports and even more difficult with sports.
I believe that sports teach work ethic that you can also bring into the school environment. Finding 4 Out of the 30 people I surveyed, 13% of them don't play sports at all so this survey didn't have any affect on them at all. Many of the non-athletes also had high marks meaning that sports isn't the only thing that can help raise marks. Holy Trinity student athlete Anna Longrigg is not only a fantastic soccer player but also a straight A student. Lebron James (top basketball player in the NBA) Why is there such a difference between some of the choices? Everyone has their own opinions due to life experiences and what they've been taught by their family and friends. Most people probably wont have the same opinion as someone else who sits across the room from them. We tend to float towards people of the same interests so every group of friends have different ideas and point of views of the world around them. For example if you are a good student as well as an athlete you tend to hang around people who have those same ideas and beliefs of being a good athlete as well as a good student. Conclusion In my survey I found some trends. All males that took this survey played sports and a majority of the girls did but not all of them. A majority of them either played soccer, rugby, while a few played football. Some discrepancies in this survey were that some people circled more than one answer when it specifically said to only circle one answer. Some students also liked to change the answers instead of leaving the survey the way that it is. Some interesting findings I found were that a lot of the boys that answered the survey played sports as well as had good grades even though they felt they missed a lot of school during games. I had hypothesized that most students that played sports believed that they do well in school. Those who didn't play sports wouldn't be affected by this survey and after all the surveys were completed I was correct about both of my educated guesses. The last part of my hypothesis stated that male student athletes would have lower marks than girl student athletes but I was incorrect because many of the male athletes had high marks. Improvements Doing this survey I should of spread out the surveys throughout different grades instead of getting a majority of 9s and 10s and barely getting any 11s and 12s. Also I would of like to have spread it evenly throughout genders instead of getting a majority of boys and not so many girls. This survey is supposed to generalize the population but I didn't get enough girls to take the survey to get a generalized idea.
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