Education K-12 M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa


Physical inactivity has been increasingly and dangerously growing across our society due to technological progresses in our daily lives. Consequently, the lifestyle and health of adolescents and young people is showing a tendency to the appearance of negative factors and diseases like obesity or high blood pressure. This project aims to verify the existence of a relation between physical activity and academic performance. Also, it aims to understand how this relation might vary according to different genders and age groups. Research suggests the existence of a positive relation between physical activity and academic performance, especially when physical activity is conducted at a vigorous level. Also, it is proven that physical education programs do not affect negatively school performance even when regular participation takes place. Furthermore, regarding the levels of physical activity, research shows that boys present higher levels of physical activity when compared with the opposite gender. In addition, these levels of physical activity tend to decrease as the age increases. So, physical activity throughout schools should be widely encouraged and promoted.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

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