When high schools have strong interscholastic sports participation rates, they report lower levels of major crime and fewer suspensions, according to a new University of Michigan study.
The research includes violent behavior and attempted rape among major crimes, and suspensions involving five or more days out of school.
“Sport participation opportunities within a school might operate to slow down or stop more major forms of delinquency within a school environment from occurring,” said Philip Veliz, a postdoctoral fellow at the U-M Substance Abuse Research Center and the study’s lead author.
He co-wrote the research with Sohaila Shakib, an associate professor of sociology at California State University-Dominguez Hills.
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