The rush for a knowledge-rich curriculum is squeezing out PE, but research suggests that the benefits stretch beyond the body.

Researchers found that engaging in team sports increased volume in the hippocampus, the region of the brain associated with memory and response to stress (suggesting that increased hippocampal volume leads to better memory consolidation and improves the ability to cope with stress).

They also found that team sports reduced depressive symptoms in adolescent boys, but not girls (although why this might be isn’t fully understood).

To find out more, check out the TES website.

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