Why Do We Need to Focus on Sports in Education?

Encouraging students to play sports to improve the quality of education is the way that developed countries are concentrating resources from both government and business.

In developed countries, when basic human needs are guaranteed, they are more interested in sports. Because sports are the foundation of a good physical strength and an important tool for intellectual development and characterization.

Today, there are many ways for people to feel healthy such as adjusting their diet or taking functional foods. However, sports training is the most sustainable way to have a good physical strength, to help the whole body to be healthy in height, weight, strength – fast – strong, supple, intelligence and skillful.

According to research by the University of Illinois and King’s University (USA), children who are physically active will increase their ability to concentrate, realize, and study effectively, as well as reduce the risk of memory impairment.

Recognizing the importance of physical development in education, many advanced countries have directed students to participate in sports games very early. Japan is one of such countries.

Besides learning and playing activities, the pre-schools in Japan always focus on physical development for children. Children less than 1 year old have participated in sports competitions even though they have just crawled or toddled. Young preschoolers are allowed to take part in dance classes while older children will participate in football as real athletes.

In addition, every year, Japanese students can participate in sports festivals. To participate in this festival, the children must practice with high intensity and seriousness. Through these activities, the children are trained in teamwork, discipline, endurance, perseverance, self-confidence and importantly, having good physical and mental health.

Also in the US, the country with the most advanced education in the world, throughout the learning process from small to large, American students are directed to comprehensive development, combining learning and playing. Even to encourage students to move, the government also enacted a policy of direct admission to universities and tuition exemptions for those who are good at sports.