News Flash: Unathletic Kids Unpopular and Lonely

From the University of Alberta, here comes this shocking finding:

In a study published in The Journal of Sport Behavior, researchers at the University of Alberta in Edmonton examined the relationships among perceived athletic competence, peer acceptance and loneliness in elementary school children. Their findings will likely confirm the experience of anyone who was picked last for the team in gym class: children seen as athletic by their classmates are also better liked and less likely to feel lonely, while unathletic children experience the opposite.

Oh really? Thanks for the reminder of eleven of my thirteen years of K-12 schooling.

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4 thoughts on “News Flash: Unathletic Kids Unpopular and Lonely

  1. The folks at the University of Alberta confirm what I also experenced many years ago.
    It’s another one of those ” D’oh! ” Homer research findings, probably financed by a handsome grant.

  2. And some grow up to be grumpy old men like Jim Watson, who was probably was never picked for a team and needed 20 years to find a women willing to marry him. The rest of us grew up to be nice geeks, raising a house of geekettes ( 2 Duke TIP nominees so far).

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