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Active education: growing evidence on physical activity and academic performance

Active education: growing evidence on physical activity and academic performance

Publication type

Research and Project Evaluations

Publisher

Active Living Research

Year

2017

This report reviews published scientific articles that examine how physical activity and fitness may help school-aged children maximise their academic performance. It also provides an overview of the effects of physical activity on the developing brain.

Key findings

Physical activity can have both immediate and long-term benefits on academic performance. Almost immediately after engaging in physical activity, children are better able to concentrate on classroom tasks, which can enhance learning. Over time, as children engage in developmentally appropriate physical activity, their improved physical fitness can have additional positive effects on academic performance in mathematics, reading, and writing. Recent evidence shows how physical activity’s effects on the brain may create these positive outcomes.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 11:16