Physical Activity and Academic Achievement

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Physical Activity and Academic Achievement

* In the last 12 months, 59-72% students participated in at least 1 sport* 39-60% were engaging in the required 60 minutes of exercise per day* Female students were considerably lower with only 39% getting the recommended 60 minutes per day*my female students on average had higher grades, It was not from the sports participation

* The Journal of Pediatrics says that physical activity has a positive influence on concentration, memory, and on classroom behavior (Strong, 735)* Fourth- and fifth-grade students who ran around and otherwise exercised vigorously for at least 10 minutes before a math test scored higher than children who had sat quietly before the exam (Reynolds, 2013)* Better fitness Proved to be linked to significantly higher scores on this task, physical fit outperformed the less fit 40 percent to 25 percent.* body size had almost no role on this, overweight children that were fit had higher test scores than those that were lighter and less fit.

Physical Activity and Academic Achievement by Amy Gillespie

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So What? Results

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World Health Organization. Physical Activity. Retrieved from: Tran I, Clark BR, Racette SB. Physical Activity During Recess Outdoors and Indoors Among Urban Public School Students, St. Louis, Missouri, 2010– 2011. Prev Chronic Dis 2013;10:130135. DOI: pcd10.130135 Williams, Allison M. and Tinsley, Taunya Marie, Ph.D. (2011, October 4). Mental Health Benefits of Exercise for Adolescents. American College of Sports Medicine. mental-health-benefits-of-exercise-for-adolescents.Keeping Teens Healthy- Benefits of Physical Activity. (2010, October 26). Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. http:// benefits/Reynolds, Gretchen. (2013). Does Gym Help Students Perform Better in All Their Classes? The Learning Network: Teaching & Learning With the New York Times. Retrieved from: https:/ perform-better-in-all-their-classes/?_r=0.Strong, William B. et al. Evidence Based Physical Activity for School-age Youth. The Journal of Pediatrics, Volume 146, Issue 6, 732 – 737. Physical Activity Facts. (2015, June 17). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved April 20, 2016, from healthyschools/physicalactivity/facts.htmBausch, Charles. (2011). Physical Activity and the Achievement Gap Among Urban Minority Youth. Journal of School Health, Volume 81, Number 10. (626-631).Travlos Antonios K. (2011). High Intensity Physical Education Classes and Cognitive Performance in Eighth-Grade Students: An Applied Study. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 8(3):302-311.

* Random sample, 30 students with a mean age of 18.8 years (range 15-19 years)* There was 65.7% male student participation and 44.4% female student participation * The racial/ethnic backgrounds of the participants were diverse: 58% Hispanic/Latino, 29% White/Caucasian, and 13% African American/Black.

* Participants in this study were given a survey consisting of 20 multiple choice questions pertaining to the levels of physical activity, types of physical activity they engage in, if any, and demographics.* Detailed checklists and journaling will be used to record observations and they will last approximately 3 weeks


In What Ways, if any, Does Physical Activity Affect Academic Performance and Achievement in the Classroom?

Research Question


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    Physical activity is a critical factor in overall health and wellbeing. There are many benefits of physical activity including reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure. Physical activity can also help people to manage their weight and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Regular physical activity in childhood and adolescence is associated with a higher quality of life and improved cognition, academic achievement, cognitive development, and academic performance. Well, reading article gives an idea about what kind of mental health conditions students are facing.