2009 - Research

Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement in Elementary School Children

Fitness, mathematics, and reading/language data were collected from 134 third-fifth-grade children.

  • A negative association was noted between the 1-mile run and mathematics scores
  • A positive relationship was observed between muscular fitness and mathematics
  • This study supports a link between specific components of physical fitness and academic achievement in elementary school children.

Eveland-Sayers, Brandi M., Farley, Richard S., Fuller, Dana K., Morgan, Don W., and Caputo, Jennifer L. “Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement in Elementary School Children.” Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 66 (2009):99-104

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