Amika Singh; Le´onie Uijtdewilligen; Jos W. R. Twisk; Willem van Mechelen; Mai J. M. Chinapaw (2012) Physical Activity and Performance at School, A Systematic Review of the Literature Including a Methodological Quality Assessment, ARCH PEDIATR ADOLESC MED/ VOL 166 (NO. 1), JAN 2012
Prospective studies were identified from searches in PubMed, PsycINFO, Cochrane Central, and Sportdiscus from 1990 through 2010. In conclusion, relatively few studies of high methodological quality have explored the relationship between physical activity and academic performance. However, we found evidence that besides the physiological effects, regular participation in sport activities may improve children’s behavior in the classroom, increasing the odds of better concentration on the academic content of these lessons.
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