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Sport practitioners are ‘more intelligent’ 

14 Feb, 2024 | Return|

Although multiple intelligences have genetic roots, they can be enhanced and grown with influences from previous experiences, the surrounding environment and other life practices. Intelligence manifests itself in a variety of abilities and skills, such as linguistic, mathematical, artistic, social and interpersonal intelligence. This implies that there are individuals who can excel in a specific type of intelligence.

On this topic, a team led by Dr. Kashef Zayed from the College of Education has undertaken a study to identify types of intelligence prevalent in the Oman population of those who pursue regular sports or otherwise. The study aimed to answer the following two questions: (1) What are the most dominant types of intelligence among Omani regular sports practitioners vs. non-practitioners? (2) Are there any differences in the types of intelligence between sports practitioners and non-practitioners?

The research methodology was based on the Exercise Behavior Scale and Multiple Intelligences Scale which were electronically administered concurrently to sports practitioners and non-practitioners. Descriptive statistics and Multivariate Analysis of Variance were used to analyse the data. 

The research findings revealed that sports practitioners exhibited higher levels of bodily-kinesthetic, social, emotional and naturalist intelligence while having low levels of musical and linguistic intelligence. Sports practitioners significantly differed from their non-practitioner counterparts in bodily-kinesthetic intelligence and emotional intelligence. The study managed to define Omani sports practitioners’ profile of multiple intelligences. For example, individuals who regularly exercise have shown positive development in social intelligence, which indicates their potential for social interaction and better understanding with others. 

The study recommended that the results be used to guide the efforts to develop educational and training programs in sports and fitness. Moreover, it could lay the ground for future research aimed at a deeper understanding of the effect of sport on the mind and intelligence, thus improving the quality of life of society at large.

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