Physical activity and childhood academic achievement: A critical review

Kaitlin Cacciotti, Nikki Milne, Rob Marc Orr

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Objectives: Physical activity is thought to have a positive effect on a child’s brain and their ability to learn. This review critically examines literature investigating physical activity and its effects on academic achievement. Methods: Databases, search terms and reference lists were utilized to identify appropriate studies. Relevant studies were evaluated using the Downs and Black checklist. Inter-rater agreement was determined by Krippendorff’s alpha. Results: Ten research studies (mean score of 74%: KAlpha=0.86), including children aged from 6-12 years were retained for evaluation. Conclusions: The review identified that physical activity, delivered in different physical modalities, both during and out of school hours had a favorable effect on academic achievement and cognitive functioning and performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-45
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Behavior and Policy Review
Volume2
Issue number1
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Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Physical activity and childhood academic achievement: A critical review. / Cacciotti, Kaitlin; Milne, Nikki; Orr, Rob Marc.

In: Health Behavior and Policy Review, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2015, p. 35-45.

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