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The Connection between Physical Activity & Learning

June 4, 2019

While growing up, I always found that I worked better after doing something involving physical activity. Whether it be doing my homework after soccer practice, or finding that I pay closer attention in class after gym. But why? This is something that fascinated me all throughout high school and encouraged me to conduct some research, what I found is below.

 

Students, after participating in some sort of physical activity, see an improvement in their cognitive skills, learning skills, and grades during their classes. In a review done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 49.5% of the studies reviewed showed that physical activity caused an improvement in a child. In fact, “35 out of the 50 studies showed an improvement within the child’s academic ability” (Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2010). Additionally, 70% of the studies proved that physical education has a positive effect on one’s classroom performance. Furthermore, No study showed a negative correlation between physical activity and academic ability.