Does your birthday affect your sportiness?

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Jan 2016
8:53am, 2 Jan 2016
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Iron_Mum
THanks HowFar: the research they cite is here - sciencedaily.com - and that also mentions some UK research with similar findings which could be the OU one cited in the BBC article. Worth being aware of as a parent, I think.
Jan 2016
9:16am, 2 Jan 2016
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Sharkie
Of course in school year terms Jan and Feb are more early-middle than early. ;-)

And more to the point other factors will affect growth and development.
Jan 2016
9:19am, 2 Jan 2016
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sioux
I've heard this before.

My son is very going in school yr and gel that there was too much comparison between him and children almost 12 months older than him when he first started school in every area.

Was a constant battle to not let his confidence be knocked.
Jan 2016
9:23am, 2 Jan 2016
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Sharkie
Ah, the Australian research relates to their school year starting in January, unlike ours.
Jan 2016
9:41am, 2 Jan 2016
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McGoohan
I was born in August, was the smallest and youngest in my year and was shit at sports. There's probably *something* in it, as far as I'm concerned.
Jan 2016
9:46am, 2 Jan 2016
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katypie
In my son's school they only let the top two kids (by speed) for the sprint race (everyone else does relay). I noted that the two boys were a January birthday and a March birthday (my son) the eldest boys in the class.
Jan 2016
9:46am, 2 Jan 2016
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katypie
top two per class I should say, so for P1 there were 6 boys and 6 girls
Jan 2016
10:17am, 2 Jan 2016
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Fleecings of Comfort and Joy
I think that there are *lots* of gender issues here too, which may be even more important than age when it comes to self-confidence and 'sportiness'.
Jan 2016
10:19am, 2 Jan 2016
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Fellrunning
Dunno about birthdays, but my Grandson who is 5 is expected to be sporty because his parents are international athletes. He's very average and not really that interested. He's worryingly clever like his Grandma though.
Jan 2016
10:19am, 2 Jan 2016
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Iron_Mum
Yes Fleecy - I'd always put my own kids' differences in attitude down to gender/individual personality rather than age. Which is one reason I found that research so interesting - but I agree it's a complex mix of factors. (Isn't everything?)

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