School-based sports: X-raying the benefits, constraints and the future impacts of sports activities on Students academic achievements in schools
Oriji Abraham, Deemua GA
It has been acclaimed that sports brings physical wellbeing, mental fitness, a healthy mind and sound body for regular participants. Consequently, for decades, there have been deferring views (tripartite view) on the relationship between sports and education. Many scholars are of the opinion that the inclusion of sports in the curriculum is of no consequence, while others give more marginal position to sports within the education sector. Many parents and guardians also view sports activities as inimical to academic achievements of students in school; hence, debarring their children and wards from participating in sports activities and make them focus purely on their academic careers. Furthermore, other scholars are of the view that active participation in sports neither enhance nor reduce academic achievements of students in school. However, of recent, these deferring views have started being blurred, as several studies now show lots of benefits derivable from sports in physical, mental, and academic areas. Consequently, this paper examines from literature these tripartite views expressed by individuals on the effects of sports on academic attainments. Additionally, it examines the overall benefits of sports in our lives, and the constraints posed, specifically on academic achievements of students in school. It further focuses on future hope of sports on education of our children.