Teaching babies to swim turns out to be more than just fun. According to research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, baby swimmers have better balance and are also better at grasping at things than non-swimmers. This difference persists even when children are five years old, when babies who have been taught to swim still outperform their peers.
An Australian study has found similar results. According to groundbreaking research led by Griffith University, children who swim demonstrate more advanced cognitive and physical abilities than other children. The findings of a four-year project led by the Griffith Institute for Educational Research have surpassed expectations and indicate that swimming children have many advantages when starting school.
"While we expected the children to show better physical development and perhaps be more confident through swimming, the results in literacy and numeracy really shocked us," lead researcher Professor Robyn Jorgensen said.
"The children were anywhere from six to 15 months ahead of the normal population when it came to cognitive skills, problem solving in mathematics, counting, language and following instructions."
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