What Learning Loss in School Sports Teaches Us About Business

Sports are a huge part of our society, and athletes start out at a very young age.

School sports are a great way to get kids active and involved in extracurricular activities, and these leagues are also a starting point for many athletes.

However, the global pandemic affected the regular flow of these school sporting events, creating a decline in participation this year.

A recent article by Education Week details this shift and highlights what this could mean for school sports in the future.

“Nationwide, more than 7.6 million high school students participated in school sports in the 2021-22 school year, according to a new survey released this week by the National Federation of State High School Associations. That marks a 4 percent drop since 2018-19, with girls’ sports losing more athletes than boys’ sports.

Sports educators also warn that, just as many students who experienced school disruptions during the pandemic lost academic ground, student athletes have experienced “learning loss” in sports.

“While our overall numbers have been really exciting this fall, our kids are coming in less skilled,” said Ann Paulls-Neal, the head coach of girls’ track and field at Highland High School and a physical education teacher at Wherry Elementary School, both in Albuquerque, N.M.

This fall has been a mixed blessing for varsity sports at Highland. Boys’ football fielded a team of 60, back to pre-pandemic levels. The girls’ volleyball team tryouts had its biggest turnout in five years.

“A lot of our kids haven’t had the opportunities to practice their skills,” she said.

Fewer opportunities to practice and play competitively have led to slower growth in athletic skills, particularly in technical sports such as pole vault, long jump, and throwing competitions in track and field, Paulls-Neal said.”

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Learning loss in school sports and how this is an obstacle that can be overcome by schools and businesses. By Kennected, #1 LinkedIn automation tool.

What’s important to note here is that education and learning occur beyond the classroom, and one of these places is within school sports.

Sports instill valuable skills and life lessons, things that are sometimes missed in the traditional classroom setting.

The phenomenon of “learning loss” speaks to a greater issue; kids who are missing out on their school sports are missing out on a learning experience.

In business, there will be times of decline as described above.

It’s up to you to ensure that learning loss is temporary and that your business overcomes this hurdle, just like how school sports will inevitably rise again.

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