The Herald Sun Reports: SWIMMING in their early years can propel children to the top of the class, new research shows.
It found youngsters that swam had a significant advantage over non-swimming students in a range of subjects.
“6 – 15 months ahead of the normal population when it came to cognitive skills, problem solving in mathematics, counting, language and following instructions.”
11 months ahead of the population in oral expression
6 months ahead in mathematics reasoning
2 months ahead in brief reading
17 months ahead in story recall
20 months ahead in understanding directions
Mr Taylor, an experienced instructor, said he believed the brain-boosting benefits of swimming came from “multi-tasking”.
He said both sides of the brain were stimulated as children worked on co-coordinating all parts of their body.
“They have a lot to think about, including counting when they should breathe. I think the multi-tasking under pressure helps their development greatly.
“Kids also learn how to listen and take instruction, which helps them become better students later on.” More…
This research sits well alongside the thinking of the Romans as they conquered the word: ‘An ignorant man neither knows how to read nor to swim.’ This ancient proverb reveals just how the Romans esteemed swimming. Just as we frown on illiteracy today, they looked down on non-swimmers as incompetent. Hung Out to Dry, Swimming and British Culture.