Although most children become involved in sports before the age of 10, only one in every three children engage in physical activity on a daily basis. It’s relatively well-known that exercise benefits children in academic, physical and mental areas. This begs the question: How do children who develop early patterns of athleticism fare against children who engage in limited or no physical activity at all? The answers might surprise you.

Whether its on a home basketball court, the playground or the local summer swimming hole, here are some of the biggest benefits involved with early childhood development and athleticism.