The connection between sports and grades

Thomas Grogan, MD, explains the benefits of sports for children and how children that play sports often have better grades in school
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The connection between sports and grades

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One of the benefits of sport or activity, interestingly enough, is how it affects grade point average. In fact, a lot of times, parents will threaten their child, "I want you to improve your grades, otherwise, I'm going to take you out of football." Actually, that couldn't be further from the truth. If you want to improve grade point average, increasing sports activity has a direct correlation in increasing grade point average. The reason we think is that sporting activity increases chemicals in the body like endorphins. Those endorphins enable the child to concentrate better, especially when it comes to homework. In fact, a recent study that I did on a local, large, private High School, were they had single sports; found that the grade point averages were actually higher during the sporting season, then out of sport. In fact, if your child is struggling in school, I would throw in an extra club sport. It is amazing how well that will work.

Thomas Grogan, MD, explains the benefits of sports for children and how children that play sports often have better grades in school

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Thomas Grogan, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Grogan is a practicing pediatric orthopedist in Santa Monica, California. He has seen over 40,000 patients in his practice alone. Dr. Grogan graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Biology and received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  Dr. Grogan’s orthopedic training has included an orthopedic residency at UCLA plus several orthopedic fellowships in pediatric orthopedics, trauma, and NIH sponsored joint replacement surgery. Following his orthopedic training he returned to Los Angeles, spending six years at Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, including serving as Assistant Chief in 1996 and 1997. In addition to his clinical practice, he spent several years involved in managed care consulting as an orthopedic surgeon and has developed special expertise in this area. He has collaborated with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in the development of a handbook and audiotape entitled, Health Care Reform and Managed Care: A Guidebook for Orthopedic Surgeons. In addition, he has served as the lead faculty member for the AAOS for their 1995, 12 city educational seminar, “Taking Charge: Managed Care Contracting for Orthopaedic Surgeons” and as a faculty member for the AAOS’s 1996 seminar series entitled, “Winning at Risk: The Interplay of Cost, Quality, and Access in Orthopaedic Practice”.  He most recently served as a faculty member for the AAOS’s 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 seminars, “Practice Management Symposium for Practicing Orthopaedic Surgeons’. He is currently chairman of the Practice Management Committee for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of their Council on Education. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society, the Sigma XI Scientific Research Society, California Orthopaedic Association (COA), the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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