Skillastics – Benefits for the Brain!

Dr. John Ratey, Author of Spark, The Revolutionary Science of Exercise and the Brain says that what makes us move is also what makes us think.  Participating in fitness and sport-specific activities like Skillastics has many benefits for the brain and body.

  • Using both hands or both feet to dribble synchronizes both sides of the body, which organizes, integrates and energizes brain hemispheres for increased cognition. (Hannaford).  Basketball Skillastics and Soccer Skillastics
  •  Crossing the midline enlists more parts of the brain for improved attention systems in the brain. (Budde) Basketball Skillastics, Soccer Skillastics, Tennis Skillastics, Volleyball Skillastics, Fitness Skillastics, Fitness Xtreme Skillastics, BFit4 Winter Skillastics, Halfpint Skillastics and Halfpint Bilingual Skillastics
  •  Sport-specific activities promote quick reaction and quick decision making.  Important skills that can translate into enhanced memory retrieval in the classroom.  Basketball Skillastics, Soccer Skillastics, Tennis Skillastics, Volleyball Skillastics,
  •  Physical activity and exercise can increase memory, balance and mood and behavior, and improve academic performance.  Basketball Skillastics®, Soccer Skillastics®, Tennis Skillastics®, Volleyball Skillastics®, Fitness Skillastics®, Fitness Xtreme Skillastics, BFit4 Winter Skillastics, Halfpint Skillastics and Halfpint Bilingual Skillastics.
  • Physical activity and exercise benefits the brain first feeding it oxygen and glucose, then changing the brain at a molecular level.  Exercise grows brain cells and improves memory.  Basketball Skillastics, Soccer Skillastics, Tennis Skillastics, Volleyball Skillastics, Fitness Skillastics, Fitness Xtreme Skillastics, BFit4 Winter Skillastics, Halfpint Skillastics and Halfpint Bilingual Skillastics.
  •  In the process of physical activity and exercise, the brain and body are working together to increase cognition for improved attention and learning.  Basketball Skillastics, Soccer Skillastics, Tennis Skillastics, Volleyball Skillastics, Fitness Skillastics, Fitness Xtreme Skillastics®, BFit4 Winter Skillastics, Halfpint Skillastics and Halfpint Bilingual Skillastics.

 Information provided by: Jean Blaydes Madigan, Action Based Learning Ladder, www.actionbasedlearning.com


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