2008 - Research

Physical Education, School Physical Activity, School Sports, and Academic Performance

Data analyzed in this study indicate that additional curricular emphasis on physical education may result in small absolute gains in grade point average and strongly suggest a relative increase in performance per unit of academic teaching time.

  • Observations show a positive association between academic performance and physical activity.
  • Physical activity has a positive influence on concentration, memory, and classroom behavior.

Trudeau, Francois and Shephard, Roy J. “Physical Education, School Physical Activity, School Sports, and Academic Performance.” International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 5.10 (2008).

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