Sports Make Better Students

New Research by Michigan State University


Source:  Michigan State University Track Team

Sports Lead to Better Grades and Retention Rates
A new study by researchers at Michigan State University adds to the growing body of evidence that participating in recreational sports helps to improve grades and also helps students return to college for another year.

1800 Students Included
The study included 1800 freshman at MSU.  The students who played intramural sports averaged 3.25 grad point averages versus 3.07 for those who didn't participate in sports activities.  Students who played sports also were 2.5 times more likely to come back to the university the next year.

Right Number of Activities
The findings are in the Journal of College Student Retention.  The researchers say the right number of activities are four to seven a year, ranging from intramural sports like ultimate frisbee and running to aerobics classes.

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