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Academics Vs Sports

We see children getting tired easily. One of the factors responsible is due to increased junk food consumption and sedentary lifestyle. Children are getting obese. Also with no real focussed system PE teachers across the country with their best intentions are not able to cater to every child in the school which further leads to aversion to importance of sports and fitness amongst majority of the school children, due to lack of attention to them. To add further over 90% of the schools do not run sports and PE like academics and do not have any structured or planned curriculum and hence the periods conducted in schools have no end goal to achieve. All these factors together are contributing to growing obesity amongst young children and a aversion to sports as children get to their teens.

It is an old saying that a healthy brain needs a healthy body. Every child tries his best to excel in academics. Right from the time we start going to school, our goal is to show good results. At first it is to please our parents and teachers but then it is to compete with our friends. And finally, we realize that to be successful in life, one has to excel in academics as well.

But only academics do not make us an all-rounder. For any child to progress in studies, it is important to be healthy and fit. To remain healthy and to improve fitness, taking part in sports is very important. There are two types of sports: Indoor games such as chess, snooker etc which improves our thinking power and brain development and outdoor sports like swimming, playing tennis, running etc which improves our physique and stamina. Combined together, all these activities give us a good appearance and personality. The healthier we are, mentally and physic ally the better we will perform in our academics.

Playing sports helps you stay in shape, teaches you how to organize your time, boosts friendships, and builds relationships with your peers and adults. As teenagers it helps live a stress free and joyful life and influences everything you do, whether it is academics, family responsibilities or any kind of work you indulge yourself in, it brings the best in you.

Sport teaches us that only winning and losing is not important, but trying and giving it a shot is. We learn to win and lose gracefully. So trying your best is equally important as winning. It is very important to balance sports and academics. All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. Not every child is blessed with great academics. Some tend to excel in sports and some excel in academics. It is very important to gauge one’s potential and help them understand their forte.

A recent study by the NCAA in 2010 discovered that most students spend more time on sports than on their academic work. Although this study focused on colleges, it may be true for high school as well. The fact is if students spend more time on sports than on their academics may influence their careers. Athough these athletes never become professionals and also lose focus on their academics. Hence a balance needs to be maintained to achieve overall success.


Authored by : Jay Shah, Co-founder, The Sports Gurukul

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