How exercise supports schools’ core purpose

Studies suggest weak core strength can affect academic ability, handwriting and confidence – and lifestyle changes mean the problem is becoming more prevalent. But from ballet sessions to outdoor play, there are lots of ways to make a difference, argues Laura Fields

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Holly sits slumped at the desk, holding up her head with her hand. To an onlooker, she appears bored and disengaged. But, in fact, all of Holly’s energy is invested in keeping her arms stable enough to hold her pencil and use it effectively, which makes completing classroom activities difficult.

Studies conducted by occupational therapists have discovered that there is a direct link between poor core strength and other areas of development, such as academic ability, fine-motor skills, handwriting and self-confidence. For instance, a study published in the Journal of School Health in 2011 found ...

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