It is a common belief that academic achievement and athletics are two mutually exclusive domains, with very little overlap. Just because a child excels at dodge ball doesn’t necessarily mean that that they are a whiz at math. Or does it? A slew of recent studies have found a significant correlation between strong motor skills and academic achievement in children. Researchers are discovering that children who engage in sports rather than sedentary behaviours are more likely to do better in school. In Finland it has been found that children who performed better in agility, speed and manual dexterity tests also had higher reading and arithmetic scores.
Today’s children spend an increasing amount of time indoors, and when they do play games it tends to be within the two-dimensional world of video and computer games. It is far more common to see children absorbed in their iPads rather than playing catch or jumping rope. This lack of movement and physical activity can have a detrimental affect on a child’s future academic and athletic success, not to mention their overall health. It is believed that developing strong motor skills early in life strengthens the neural connections that help children perform many academic tasks later on, particularly math and reading.
This is just one more reason for parents to enroll their kids in sports and ensure that they are physically active. Or at the very least – play a game of catch. The Qball is a quick and easy tool that parents can use to help their children exercise their motor skills, while at the same time engaging in fun and challenging mathematical games. By reinforcing the connection between cerebral smarts and cerebellar dexterity, parents can help their children reach their full potential both on and off the field.