Literature Review of the Relationship between Physical Fitness and Academics
The literature reviewed in this article was based on the question, “Does physical fitness have an impact on academics?” The articles used different types of testing on the students whom are active and inactive. The objective was to determine if there is a relationship between physical fitness and academic achievements in schools.
These articles perfect for this review. Since the topic I chose was: how does physical fitness affect a child’s grades? I did not think that there would be a relationship between the two because there is very little said about them. However I was wrong. The articles showed that physical fitness can impact a student’s academic scores.
The five studies I focused on students in urban public school. The researchers looked at students that are both active and inactive. They focused on their academic grades mostly in math and English. They compared the academic achievements from before the project started until it finished.
With childhood obesity on the rise there is a constant focus on keeping children active for there health. These articles go beyond the health aspect and focus on the child’s academics. This research shows that children who are inactive and/or obese are at risk for having lower academic scores as well. These articles give parents, teachers, and caregivers another reason to get kids active.
As teachers making our lessons active can help to raise test scores. The research shows us that we should not take recess or physical education classes as a punishment. Children need this activity to help build brain power to. Active students also learn better when they are not required to sit quietly in a seat all day. This is important because academic scores is a reflection on the student and the teacher.
As a parent, substitute teacher and future educator the difference in the scores was interesting. It shows that physical activity can play an...