Soccer can help girls with science

Girls who were more physically active at age 11 did better at school as teenagers, a study finds. And the most active girls really aced science.

This investigation used data from a British study that has been following the health of a large group of parents and children since 1991. They measured almost 5,000 children’s physical activity at age 11 by having them wear an acclerometer for a week.

Few of the children were getting the recommended 60 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous exercise. Boys clocked 29 minutes a day on average, while girls managed just 18 minutes.

The more active the 11-year-olds were, the better they did on standardized school tests of English, math and science.

The surprise was that physically active girls were much better at science than their peers. That held true for five years, when the children took other standardized tests at age 13 and 16.

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