Early swimming for kids can reportedly lead to better academic scores. A new study shows that kids who learn to swim at an early age attain better visual-motor skills and get higher scores in mathematics than kids who don’t learn how to swim until...
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Early swimming for kids can reportedly lead to better academic scores. A new study shows that kids who learn to swim at an early age attain better visual-motor skills and get higher scores in mathematics than kids who don’t learn how to swim until later in life. Not only did the kids test better in these areas of development, they also develop faster physically. The research is a collaborative effort between the Griffith Institute for Educational Research, Kids Alive Swim Program, and Swim Australia, involving kids aged under five years old from Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. The researchers surveyed the parents of 7 thousand kids, and tested an additional 180 kids between 3 and 5 years of age, in what is being reported as the most thorough study of early age swimmers in the world.The first few years of a child’s life are a crucial time for brain development. According to the Urban Child Institute’s website, brain synapses form faster in kids from age 0 to 3 than any other time in their life, and “from conception to age three, a baby’s brain grows to 80 percent of its adult size.”

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