The effect of sports on improving a child’s memory

The influence of sports on improving a child’s memory is an important aspect that must be taken into account in educational and educational work. Regular physical exercise has a significant positive effect on cognitive functions, including memory in children.

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How does exercise affect the brain and improve memory?

1. Improving blood circulation and oxygenating the brain

Physical activity improves blood circulation, which contributes to a better saturation of the brain with oxygen and nutrients. This, in turn, enhances cognitive functions, including memory. Research shows that children who exercise regularly perform better in memory and attention tests.

2. An increase in the number of neurotrophins

During physical activity, the body produces more neurotrophins, proteins that contribute to the survival, development and functioning of neurons. One of the most well – known neurotrophins is the brain neurotrophic factor (BDNF). It plays a key role in learning and memory processes. Increasing the level of BDNF helps to strengthen existing neural connections and form new ones, which improves the ability to memorize and learn.

3. Reducing stress levels

Sports help reduce stress and anxiety levels, which can negatively affect a child’s ability to remember information. Physical activity promotes the production of endorphins, hormones of happiness that improve mood and help to cope with emotional stress. When a child is less stressed, his memory and concentration improve significantly.

4. Improving sleep quality

Regular exercise helps to improve the quality of sleep. Quality sleep is crucial for the processes of memory consolidation, when the information received during the day is transferred to long-term memory. Children who sleep well remember the material better and learn more effectively.

5. Development of cognitive skills through sports games

Many sports, especially team sports, require the development of cognitive skills such as strategy, tactics, decision-making and rapid response to changes. These skills are directly related to the work of memory, as they require memorization of rules, strategies and tactical schemes. Through regular practice in sports games, children develop not only physical, but also cognitive abilities.

Examples of specific sports

  • Swimming: Research has shown that swimming increases the volume of the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for memory.
  • Yoga and Pilates: These activities help not only strengthen muscles, but also improve concentration and memory through meditation and breath control.
  • Team sports: Football, basketball and volleyball develop teamwork and strategic thinking, which has a positive effect on cognitive functions.


Regular physical activity has many benefits for children’s cognitive development. Sport improves blood circulation, reduces stress levels, improves sleep quality and promotes the production of neurotrophins. All this combined helps children improve their memory and learning ability. The inclusion of sports activities in the daily routine of schoolchildren can become an important element in their comprehensive development and academic success.

Oxbridge International School actively supports the development of children through sports and offers a variety of sports programs aimed at improving the physical and cognitive health of students.

For more information, you can visit our Oxbridge International School website, read our blog or contact us by phone +998 (71) 263-00-15.

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