Finding the Balance: Sports or Academics?

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Athletics may be the key to successful academic performance, but should sports really take priority?
Air Date: 10/8/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Michael F. Bergeron, PhD
Michael BergeronMichael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM, is the Executive Director of the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute and a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota at the Sanford USD Medical Center. He also has an appointment as a Senior Scientist in Sanford Children's Health Research Center.

Internationally recognized for his research and leadership in exercise-heat stress and youth athletic health, Dr. Bergeron is a Fellow and past Trustee of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and is currently a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He also serves as a clinical and scientific consultant to the WTA (Women's Tennis Association) professional tour medical services.
Finding the Balance: Sports or Academics?
Are sports a big deal in your child's school?

Bigger than education?

It wouldn't be surprising, as backwards as it may sound. Sports activities often take precedence over classwork -- all the way from primary school to college.

And, while you don't want to forfeit your kid's education for a chance at the big leagues, sports and athletics may just be a bigger part of academic excellence than you may realize.

In fact, overwhelming evidence underscores the relationship of health, wellness, academic performance and physical activity for students. Furthermore, athletics can have an important impact on your child's social development.

The key is to find a balance. Sports and academics can intertwine to create the best of both worlds.

But, if your school is cutting these programs, what can you do to help your child get active so that it helps their school performance?

Dr. Mike Bergeron and Melanie Cole, MS, discuss the recent outcry over too much emphasis on youth athletics in schools, and highlight the importance of physical activity on your child's academic performance.