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Get Ahead Kids - Vol. 4, No. 5 - September/October 2012

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Exams & Exercise

By Adam Glasscock

As the year progresses we see an importance placed on maintaining academic standards and the need for our children to spend more time "hitting the books" so to speak.

But what about balance and does this give our children an advantage when they sit their exams?

Sport and activity plays an integral role with balancing out the important time spent over the text books and studying. Too much time spent on either side of this balance can see a poor result.

Dividing study times with activity needs to be scrutinised to ensure we don't fatigue our children then expect a quality study session.

Study in the morning followed by an outdoor activity, running, the beach, playing sport or a family activity is favourable. Research supports enhancing study patterns in children by being active and the activity can be one of choice.

If children have had lower limb, foot, knee, hip or back pain, this can contribute to them not wishing to be active at these times and accompanied with the 'stress' study can induce, again we can see a decrease in results.

Pain free exercise and activity is therefore an important part of the exam period, pulling them away from the books or laptop, from the indoor to the outdoor, from perceived drudgery to fun.

Ensuring good study habits and pain free activity will see them through. Being preventative rather than reactive also assists and early assessment is vital.

More Information

Adam Glascock
Principal Podiatrist
Newcastle Family and Sports Podiatry
51 Denison St, Hamilton East NSW 2303
P: 02 4961 4411


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