Job search
Job Search
Latest news
More news: (showing 1 - 20 of 12556)           
UK only International

Schools should teach PE daily to boost children's brains, say researchers

By Deven Pamben    02 Jan 2018
Grey matter volume in regions of the brain influenced by physical fitness improved children’s academic performance, the study showed / Shutterstock
We appeal both to politicians, who make educational laws that are increasingly more focused on instrumental subjects, and to teachers, who are the final link in the chain, to teach physical education day after day
– Irene Esteban-Cornejo, University of Granada

Physical education should be taught in schools on a daily basis to help improve academic performance, a study has concluded.

Researchers at the University of Granada (UGR) in Spain found exercise boosted grey matter in regions of the brain that are important for functioning as well as for learning, motor and visual processes.

The study, published in Neuroimage, is part of the ActiveBrains project, which is a randomised clinical trial involving overweight or obese children, led by Francisco Ortega.

“Our work aims to answer questions such as whether the brains of children with better physical fitness are different from those of children with worse physical fitness and if this affects their academic performance,” Ortega said.

“The answer is short and forceful: yes, physical fitness in children is linked in a direct way to important brain structure differences, and such differences are reflected in the children's academic performance.”

The UGR study involved 100 overweight and obese children aged between eight and 11. Half took part in cardiovascular exercise for 90 minutes, at least three days a week.

Fitness levels were measured and brain volume recorded at the beginning and end of the experiment.

Researchers found that as fitness levels rose so did grey matter in seven parts of the brain. However, there was no change in the brains of the children who did no extra exercise.

According to Irene Esteban-Cornejo, the lead author of the paper, grey matter volume in regions of the brain influenced by physical fitness improves children’s academic performance.

She said: “We appeal both to politicians, who make educational laws that are increasingly more focused on instrumental subjects, and to teachers, who are the final link in the chain, to teach physical education day after day.

“School is the only entity that gathers every child in a mandatory way for a period of at least 10 years, and as such, it’s the ideal context for applying such recommendations.”

University of Granada  ActiveBrains  Francisco Ortega  Irene Esteban-Cornejo 
Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Related news
Related features
Sports jobs
Everyone Active
featured job

Swimming Teachers

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Job location: Nationwide, United Kingdom

Apprentice Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £17,806 per annum (39 hours a weeks pro rata
Location: Henley-on-Thames, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard) -

GLL
Salary: Up to £17,806 per annum (39 hours a weeks pro rata
Location: Hatfield, UK

Attractions Crew

Kirklees Active Leisure
Salary: Competitive Salary
Location: Huddersfield, UK

Attractions Crew

Kirklees Active Leisure
Salary: Competitive Salary
Location: Batley, UK

Customer Advisor

Kirklees Active Leisure
Salary: Competitive Salary
Location: Batley, UK

Customer Advisor

Kirklees Active Leisure
Salary: Competitive Salary and Benefits
Location: Batley, UK

Customer Advisor

Kirklees Active Leisure
Salary: Competitive Salary and Benefits
Location: Batley, UK

Catering and Services Assistant Casual

Kirklees Active Leisure
Salary: £8.77 per hour
Location: Batley, UK

Tennis Coach (Self Employed)

Kirklees Active Leisure
Salary: £14.66 per hour
Location: Batley, UK
recruiting with sports management

Contract Manager

Parkwood Leisure
Salary: £30,000 - £38,000
Location: London Borough of Tower Hamlets, UK

Sales Associate

Orangetheory Fitness
Salary: Competitive Salary and Benefits
Location: Altrincham, UK

Fitness Coach

Orangetheory Fitness
Salary: Competitive Salary and Benefits
Location: Altrincham, UK

Front of House Receptionist

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive rate of pay
Location: Kenilworth, UK

Fitness Operations Manager

Legacy Leisure
Salary: £20,000 - £22,000
Location: Exeter, UK

Active Letchworth Partnership Lead

Letchworth Heritage Foundation
Salary: £24,500 (pro rata)
Location: Letchworth Garden City, UK

Swimming Teacher Level 2

Circadian Leisure Trust
Salary: £13.00 per hour
Location: Bradley Stoke, Bristol, UK
recruiting with sports management

Duty Officer

Bedford School
Salary: Competitive Salary
Location: Bedford, UK

Regional Sales Manager (North/Midlands)

Sports Art Fitness
Salary: OTE £45-50k uncapped
Location: North/Midlands

Casual Leisure Assistant

Circadian Leisure Trust
Salary: £6.63 - £7.83 per hour
Location: Longwell Green, Bristol, UK

Casual Swimming Teacher

Circadian Leisure Trust
Salary: £10.09 - £12.15 per hour
Location: Longwell Green, Bristol, UK

Sales & Fitness Manager

Legacy Leisure
Salary: Circa £20,000
Location: Vale of Glamorgan, UK

Senior Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £17,806 per annum (39 hours a weeks pro rata
Location: Carterton, Oxfordshire, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £7.96 per hour
Location: Carlisle, UK
training with sports management

Healthy Lifestyle Referral Specialist

Circadian Leisure Trust
Salary: £19,240 per annum
Location: Bradley Stoke, Bristol, UK

Operations Manager

Stevenage Leisure Limited (SLL)
Salary: £25,000 per annum
Location: Dunstable, UK

Recreation Assistant

Parkwood Leisure
Salary: Up to £8.10 per hour
Location: Bristol, UK

General Manager

triyoga
Salary: Competitive salary based on experience
Location: Camden, London, UK

Operations Manager

Uppingham School
Salary: £26,000 per annum plus 5% bonus
Location: Uppingham, Oakham, UK

Swimming Teacher

Kings Fitness & Leisure
Salary: Competitive Salary
Location: Cheddar, UK

Area Sales Manager

eGym
Salary: Competitive Salary
Location: London, UK
lifeguard jobs  swimming teacher jobs  apprenticeships jobs  recreation assistant jobs  Gymnastics Coach jobs  Swimming Instructor jobs  duty manager jobs  personal trainer jobs  Leisure Assistant jobs  general manager jobs  Operations Manager jobs 
More jobs

Catalogue Gallery

JP Lennard: Leading supplier to Commercial Swimming Pools, Leisure Centres, Health & Fitness Clubs, Hotels, Holiday Parks, Schools and Universities, supplying thousands of products directly into these sectors.
JPL
BSW: BSW is a manufacturer of sports floorings, sports mats, gym flooring, elastomer products for impact sound insulation and vibration isolation, anti-slip mats for securing loads as well as protective and separating layers.
BSW
More catalogues

Video Gallery

Myzone
Tracking your workout effort just became effortless.
Visit website
More videos

Company profile

Company profile: Matrix Fitness
Matrix strives to offer equipment that will captivate your members, is easy to maintain, and delivers the best return on investment.
Intuitive operations on our complete range of cardio equipment combine technology and entertainment to provide an engaging and challenging workout.
View full profile >
More company profiles

Featured Supplier

MoveGB brings guest pass into 21st century with new Discovery tool
The ‘free guest pass’ is now a cornerstone of most fitness operators’ acquisition practises. But is it effective to engage a new audience?
View full details >
More featured suppliers

Property & Tenders

Location: White Rocks, Hastings
Company: GVA
Location:
Company: Gravesham Borough Council
More properties & tenders

Diary dates

31 Oct - 01 Nov 2018
NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
27-27 Nov 2018
Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate, United Kingdom
05-06 Dec 2018
Palexpo Convention Center, Geneva, Switzerland
22-24 Jan 2019
Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate, United Kingdom
More diary dates