Circus training delivers multiple mental health benefits for children, and cost savings to the broader community, an Australian study reveals.
Programs comprising after-school or holiday activities in which children aged between nine and 14 learn to tightrope-walk, swing from a trapeze, and variously tumble, jump and juggle, are available in some, but by no means all, communities.However, the findings from a small study conducted by researchers from the University of Adelaide in South Australia, however, suggest they should be as ubiquitous as junior football, netball or basketball squads.
Writing in the International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure, Richard McGrath and Kristen Stevens reporton several outcomes fo a group 23 children who undertook six months of circus training…
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