The United States Tennis Association has announced the results of a study conducted among high school students, which analyzes the educational, behavioural and health benefits to adolescents who participate in tennis. The study compared tennis players to non-athletes and participants in many other sports.
Key findings from the report include:
1. Tennis is a unique catalyst for educational advantage: tennis players spent more time doing homework, and were more likely to report receiving “A” grades
2. Tennis players had significantly lower rates of suspension from school and other disciplinary measures than participants in other sports and non-athletes.
3. Adolescent tennis players are well-rounded: participation rates within extracurricular activities and community involvement were higher among adolescent tennis players. Indeed, 82% volunteer in their communities.
4. Tennis contributes to adolescent health: tennis players reported lower rates of unhealthy behavior such as drinking and smoking, and are less likely to be overweight or become obese.
More report details: www.ustaserves.com
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