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Rough Housing

Rough Housing


gerund or present participle: rough-housing

act in a boisterous, violent manner.

"in front of the stage hundreds of teens and young adults roughhouse, flinging themselves into each other"

Therese Borchard says BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor) actually acts like fertilizer for the brain. There seems to be neuron growth in the hippocampus and cortex when rough housing and fun are introduced to children. When the children have some manners and sense of community real long term learning can take place. Their brains, like muscles, strengthen and grow so they can solve problems better, more often.

Virginia Postrel, Dr. Anthony DeBenedet and Anthony Cohen have shown how well rough house play helps kids learn.

When fostered and not forced on the student or athlete learning at one’s own pace seems to be more beneficial to the student and athlete than continued instruction. Ever hear an athlete try to describe what he did on the field after a great play? You often hear him say he had no idea how he did it. But he did. His brain was pre-wired positively for him to be able to excel in just that situation.

Jessica Kelmon states that the helter skelter of rough housing helps the kids learn. The cerebellum is engaged when the kids are rolling around. The Amygdala is engaged for learning and memory. The cortex comes in when strategizing. You now have different areas of the brain all working together. These areas combine to help the children learn language, motor skills, problem solving, memory, attention, and emotional reactions.



Written by : Jennifer