Physical activity and student performance at school

J Sch Health. 2005 Aug;75(6):214-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.2005.00026.x.


To review the state of research on the association between physical activity among school-aged children and academic outcomes, the author reviewed published studies on this topic. A table includes brief descriptions of each study's research methodology and outcomes. A review of the research demonstrates that there may be some short-term improvements of physical activity (such as on concentration) but that long-term improvement of academic achievement as a result of more vigorous physical activity is not well substantiated. The relationship between physical activity in children and academic outcomes requires further elucidation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Educational Status*
  • Exercise / physiology*
  • Exercise / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Intelligence / physiology
  • Schools*
  • Students