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Aerobic Fitness in Middle School and Changes in Academic Achievement

Aerobic Fitness in Middle School and Changes in Academic Achievement

Aerobic Fitness in Middle School and Changes in Academic Achievement – Pediatric Exercise Science published research examining the changes in 52 adolescents (6th – 8th grade) in aerobic fitness and academic achievement in reading and mathematics during middle school.  Each student completed PACER tests measuring aerobic fitness and ISAT academic achievement tests in reading and mathematics.

The results indicated the following:

  • changes in aerobic fitness between sixth and eighth grade were positively related to changes in academic achievement in both reading and mathematics between sixth and eighth grade.

The researchers concluded that changes in aerobic fitness may modulate changes in academic achievement.

Reference:  Raine, L. B., Biggan, J. R., Baym, C. L., Saliba, B. J., Cohen, N. J., & Hillman, C. H. (2017). Adolescent Changes in Aerobic Fitness are Related to Changes in Academic Achievement. Pediatric Exercise Science, 1-21.

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Aerobic Fitness in Middle School and Changes in Academic Achievement