The relationship of physical fitness, self-beliefs, and social support to the academic performance

Although this study was performed on middle school-aged boys and girls it was stated early on that the effects showed no difference regardless of age, it kind of gives that “it’s never too late” feel as you read on, its main focus on the difference that physical activity makes is on the cardiorespiratory levels and how that in turn has an effect on the overall cognitive function. The reading¬†clearly displays its point, using the science behind the improved scores and performance. for instance energy expenditure increases the activity in the respiratory system, which provides more oxygen for muscles, to then give more energy to muscles. A good example are the eyes, when those get the boost from exercise vision is improved, less headaches and better comprehension, better scores! A program was also used in the study called ¬†FITNESSGRAM which recorded the children’s overall health. They used this on children who’s physical activity they had not monitored, those that were considered in good shape by FITNESSGRAM scored better in school than those that were not considered fit.


Sudhish Srikanth, Trent A. Petrie, Christy Greenleaf, and Scott B. Martin
“The Relationship of Physical Fitness, Self-Beliefs, and Social Support to the Academic Performance of Middle School Boys and Girls” The Journal of Early Adolescence. April 2015. sage journals.web. Mar 11 2016

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