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Are children born in the fall more athletic?

Are Children Born In The Fall More Athletic?

Do you dream of having a child who grows up to be a superstar athlete -- or at least one who isn't picked last in gym class? You might want to take a look at this.

ABC says, "There's a new study in the Journal of International Sports Medicine that found that children born in the fall have an edge when it comes to physical fitness."

Check out these famous athletes who were born in the fall:

The Guardian reports that researchers at the University of Essex in Great Britain studied more than 8,000 children ages 10-16 for three measures of fitness: stamina, handgrip strength and lower-body power.

Researcher Gavin Sandercock says: "A boy born in November can run at least 10% faster, jump 12% higher and is 15% more powerful than a child of the same age born in April."

So what makes a November baby more likely to be the next LeBron and an April baby more likely to watch on the sidelines? The researchers hypothesize that the cause is the sun.

Babies who are in their final stage of development during the hotter summer months have increased intrauterine vitamin D levels.

Researchers such as Victoria Drake say that vitamin D acts as a hormone in the body that helps regulate skeletal growth and muscle strength.

However, another explanation could be something we're doing -- instead of a natural cause.

For years, researchers have been studying birth month phenomena. The BBC reports that in 2009, 57 percent of players in professional English youth academies had been September, November or December babies, and a mere 14 percent were born in June, July or August.

The theory of relative age effect says the September cutoff dates we impose in school allow children with birthdays immediately after the cutoff to be almost a year older than those born in July and August. According to the BBC, this means they're more physically developed than their classmates.

Since sports today are often through structured leagues, this early advantage in size leads to a greater chance of moving up to better teams with better coaching.

But if you happen to have a summer birthday, don't fret. Superstar athletes such as Kobe Bryant were born in the summer.

In the end, it's really all about loving the game.

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Tanahy June 25 2014 at 1:54 PM

I was born in the fall and I am in no way what so ever athletic!

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weilunion Tanahy June 25 2014 at 4:47 PM

More sludge from the corporate media. This is the crap that makes Americans so dumb

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franksmoody Tanahy June 26 2014 at 12:03 AM

Neither am I.

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Gina June 25 2014 at 4:43 PM

Children born in the fall are YOUNGER than the rest of the kids because of the cut off date. They are changing the laws here in Michigan and no more will children be allowed to start school when they are 4 years old. They will have to be 5 or wait until the following year. I was born at the end of November and was never into sports and always the youngest in my class all through school. These studies are flawed.

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suz June 25 2014 at 8:49 PM

Bunk !!

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oujoou June 25 2014 at 5:30 PM

I had the pleasure of going to school with kids who . . . in gym class . . . were like adults to us kids. What every boy wants to be . . . is the best fighter in school. AND as someone who knows through experience what it's like to REALLY mix it up with athletes . . .athletic superiority has NOTHING to do with fighting. :) AND they'll do anything to make you think it does. So not too bright either. :(

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songbirdgray June 25 2014 at 5:08 PM


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rudniski136 June 25 2014 at 6:52 AM

Children born in the fall are older than most of the other kids when they start school. If you are born before the "cut off date" you start school when you are 5. After the cut off date you start school when you are nearly six. A six year old is more physically and emotionally developed than a 5 year old so they automatically have an advantage over their class mates. My advice to people would be to hold your child back a year. Starting them in school later gives your child an advantage. It is not illegal to do so.

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Kate June 25 2014 at 12:18 PM

While my son has certainly been very athletic all his life, and still is in his 30's, and was born in October, a very high number of his athlete friends were born in spring and summer months, not to mention winter itself. His size certainly has nothing to do with it either; he's 5' 9".

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johngin1999 June 25 2014 at 11:36 AM


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abcborderline1 June 25 2014 at 10:44 AM

What about October?

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Kate abcborderline1 June 25 2014 at 12:19 PM

I thought it was pretty amusing that they skipped October-- someone seems to have forgotten that fall includes that month.

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Nigel June 25 2014 at 10:30 AM

I don't want to rain on the parade, but I was born in September and could not catch, throw, or hit a ball if my life depended on it.

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J. Green Nigel June 25 2014 at 6:24 PM

Same here! Born on the 16th of September and the only place I run is... upstairs to go to bed.

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