For all those who think that you can’t have both brains and brawn, the latest research is showing that the two are in fact linked and elite athletes are able to out-perform the general population in both sport and cognitive tasks! The study found that an athlete’s brain is able to take in and respond to new information at a rapid rate...and that is not all!
Being an athlete also minimises performance differences that usually occur between males and females. Female athletes were found to be more like their male peers when it came to speed of calculations and reaction times during a study conducted by the University of Illinois.
Athletes also appear more able to inhibit behaviour and discontinue activity quickly when necessary which is important for sport and daily life. They are able to respond to stimuli, pick up new information at a glance and switch between tasks more quickly and efficiently than non-athletes.
A muscular physique, good health and better memory, focus, concentration and peripheral vision are all a result of hard training and dedication to sport!
Alves H, Voss MW, Boot WR, Deslandes A, Cossich V, Salles JI, Kramer AF, Perceptual-Cognitive Expertise in Elite Volleyball Players, Frontiers in Psychology, 2013;4.