Children who swim are demonstrating more advanced cognitive and physical abilities than other children, according to world-leading research led by Griffith University.
The findings of a four-year study by the Griffith Institute for Educational Research, Laurie Lawrence’s Kids Alive Swim Program and Swim Australia have surpassed expectations and indicate that swimming children have an advantage when starting school.
Lead researcher Professor Robyn Jorgensen said swimming children were anywhere from six to 15 months ahead of the normal population when it came to cognitive skills, problem solving in mathematics, counting, language and following instructions.
Researchers surveyed parents of 7000 children aged five years old and under from Australia, New Zealand and the US.
They are lacking in ball-handling skills, though. I (Rókur) say ‘more waterpolo!’ :-P