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Your son or daughter is scouring the cupboards for matching cups of any shape or size. Next thing you know, they're stacking them in pyramids, then trying to unstack them at an unusually high rate of speed. You discover they are sport stacking with Speed Stacks in school or at church or camp or at a friend's house. And you scratch your head and say "They are doing what?"

Sport Stacking is an exciting individual and team sport where participants stack and unstack 12 specially designed plastic cups in pre-determined sequence.
Sport Stacking launched in South Africa in January 2009. Numerous Schools are now playing this exciting sport.

The Benefits

It’s True. Exercise and Sport Stacking helps Children learn.

We all know that Exercise makes us feel better, but most of us have no idea why. We assume it’s because we’re burning off stress or reducing muscle tension or boosting endorphins, and we leave it at that. In the view of Dr John Ratey, Clinical Associate professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and author of SPARK, The revolutionary new science of exercise and the Brain, the real reason we feel so good when we get our blood pumping is that it makes the brain function at it’s best, and this benefit of physical activity is far more important and fascinating than what it does for the body. Building muscles and conditioning the heart and lungs are essentially side effects. Dr Ratey often tells his patients that the point of exercise is to build and condition the brain.

So, what the best exercise to get the brain to function at it’s best? Dr Ratey suggests choosing a sport that simultaneously taxes the cardiovascular system and the brain – Tennis is a good example – or do a 10 minute aerobic warm up before something non aerobic and skill based, such as rock climbing or Sport Stacking.

While aerobic exercise elevates neurotransmitters, creates new blood vessels that pipe in growth factors, and spawns new cells, complex activities put all that material to use by strengthening and expanding networks. The more complex the movements the more complex the synaptic connections.

And even though these circuits are created through movement, they can be recruited by other areas and used for thinking. This is why learning to play the Piano makes it easier for kids to learn math. The prefrontal cortex will co-opt the mental power of the physical skills and apply it to other situations

Sport Stacking fulfills these criteria and is an excellent sport which is skill and activity based.
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