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Sports ease aggression in boys

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 7 (UPI) -- A study of children from low-socioeconomic backgrounds found a continuous program of various sports helps ease aggression in boys, Israeli researchers say.

Keren Shahar, a student at Tel Aviv University's Bob Shapell School of Social Work, working with Professors Tammie Ronen and Michael Rosenbaum, said her study involved 649 children from low socioeconomic backgrounds and found sports helped improve self-control and discipline and lowered feelings of aggression in the children overall.

Shahar and colleagues analyzed a 24-week after-school program for grades 3 to 6 in 25 schools based on sports. Half the participants comprised a control group who did not receive sports instruction, and the other half were systematically introduced to a variety of sports for 5 hours a week.

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