Published Online: December 11, 2012
Published in Print: December 12, 2012, as Preschool Children

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"Early-Years Swimming: Adding Capital to Young Australians"

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Preschoolers who participate in swimming reach a range of developmental milestones before children who don't, according to a new Australian study.

Researchers from the Griffith Institute for Educational Research at Griffith UniversityRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader surveyed 7,000 children younger than 5 in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States over three to four years and "intensively tested" another 180 3-to-5-year-olds.

Young swimmers scored significantly better than the average population on several skills important for their transition to school, including visual-motor skills, oral expression in literacy and numeracy, and mathematically related tasks.

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