Adults Who Played Sports as A Child Have Higher Levels of Grit

Researchers define grit “as the combination of passion and perseverance that helps people achieve their long-term goals.” They add that children learn lessons while playing sports, positively impacting them later on in life.

The study revealed that adults who played sports as a kid scored higher on a measurement of grit than those who didn’t play at all or quit early on. “Kids who participate in sports learn what it is like to struggle as they learn new skills, overcome challenges and bounce back from failure to try again,” says lead author Emily Nothnagle, a recent Ohio State graduate, in a university release. “The grit they develop playing sports can help them the rest of their lives.”