Balancing Education and Sport

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By the end of this module, parents should be able to make an informed decision about their child’s involvement in education and sport during adolescence.  


Balancing education and sport becomes increasingly challenging for parents and young athletes during adolescence. Young athletes with ambitions of pursuing sport at an elite level will need to reduce the amount of sports they play, train more and compete regularly during this period (see Talent Development). However, teachers are often concerned that increased sport involvement will negatively impact on adolescents’ education at a key stage in their academic development.