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M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology


Educational Services, Administration, and Higher Education


College of Education


Dihoff, Roberta


Academic achievement; Exercise


Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services


The purpose of this study was to assess whether physical activity has an effect on academic achievement in students. The presence of a physically active lifestylehas received much support due to its physiological and mental benefits. The establishment of such a lifestyle should begin at an early age; however, there has been a recent shift away from physically active programming within the school system that could perpetuate a healthier future. Pressure to increase academic achievement has led to the reduction and elimination of opportunities for physical activity, but these actions could have an adverse impact on students (Mahar, Murphy, Rowe, & Golden, 2006). Voluntary participants (N=108) from a public high school located in the Southern part of New Jersey took part in this study. Each received The Obligatory Exercise Questionnaire, a 20-item scale pertaining to daily physical activity habits. Four demographic questions were asked (age, gender, grade, and ethnicity), along with a question concerning current grade-point average. The data collection that occurred over a one-week period was analyzed to determine whether a relationship was demonstrated between physical activity and academic achievement. Contrary to past research that has demonstrated a link between the two variables, findings within this particular study found no significant difference.