This work was supported by the Taiwan National Science Council (NSC-99-2410-H-028-002-MY2).
Fitness Change and Subsequent Academic Performance in Adolescents
Version of Record online: 23 JUL 2013
© 2013, American School Health Association
Journal of School Health
Volume 83, Issue 9, pages 631–638, September 2013
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Fitness change and subsequent academic performance in adolescents., , , .
- Issue online: 23 JUL 2013
- Version of Record online: 23 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 19 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Received: 8 MAR 2012
- physical fitness;
- cardiovascular fitness;
- academic achievement;
- school performance;
- school achievement
This study examined the association between fitness change and subsequent academic performance in Taiwanese schoolchildren from 7th grade to 9th grade.
The 7th graders from 1 junior high school district participated in this study (N = 669). Academic performance was extracted from school records at the end of each grade. Cardiovascular (CV) fitness, sit-and-reach flexibility, bent-leg curl-ups, and height and weight for calculating body mass index (BMI) were assessed at the start of each grade.
The results showed that improvement in CV fitness, but not muscular endurance or flexibility, is significantly related to greater academic performance. A weak and nonsignificant academic-BMI relationship was seen.
CV fitness exhibits stronger longitudinal associations with academic performance than other forms of fitness or BMI for adolescents.