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Wednesday, November 11 2015
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Grow kids’ brains through sport!

Italian National Olympic Committee USA endorses Prof Pagani’s research into the contributions of organized sport on cognitive development

MONTREAL and CHICAGO, November 11, 2015 – Organized extracurricular sport activities for children help them develop and improve cognitive skills, such as greater concentration capacity, that can in term greatly help them in the classroom, says Université de Montréal professor Linda Pagani. Pagani is presenting her research today in Chicago at “The Fundamental Importance of Free Movement and Organized Extracurricular Sport Activity for the Cognitive Development of the Child: The View From the Field,” a scientific symposium organized by Coni-Italian National Olympic Committee USA and the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago.

In addition to being a professor at the university’s School of Psychoeducation, Pagani is also a researcher at Montreal’s CHU Sainte-Justine Children’s hospital. Her work focuses on childhood development and the identification of factors that impact on kids as they grow up, with a view to helping parents, teachers and organizations to prioritize positive activities and behaviours. Some of her most recent research looks specifically at the impact of team sports. “We worked with information provided by parents and teachers to compare kindergarteners' activities with their classroom engagement as they grew up,” Pagani said. “By time they reached the fourth grade, kids who played structured sports were identifiably better at following instructions and remaining focused in the classroom. There is something specific to the sporting environment – perhaps the unique sense of belonging to a team to a special group with a common goal – that appears to help kids understand the importance of respecting the rules and honoring responsibilities.”

Mr. Mico Delianova Licastro, the Italian National Olympic Committee’s US representative and organizer of the symposium, underscored that Prof. Pagani’s findings support the work his organization has been undertaking for years. “Coni is keenly aware of the need for children to start at a very early age to engage in an active life style and to participate in organized sports in and out of school when of the proper age,” Delianova Licastro said. “Coni is present in several countries with large populations of citizens of Italian descent, like here in the USA, to organize for the children of our communities’ all-in sports competitions, ludic events and to promote a healthy diet.”

Note
The symposium is taking place November 11, 2015, at 6 pm, at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, 1431 West Taylor Street, Chicago.

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For information

For interviews and more information about the symposium:

Mico Delianova Licastro
Italian National Olympic Committee USA
631-566-0257
licastro.coni.usa@verizon.net.

For information about Université de Montréal:

William Raillant-Clark
International Press Attaché
University of Montreal (officially Université de Montréal)
Tel: 514-343-7593 | w.raillant-clark@umontreal.ca | @uMontreal_News

 

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