Date of Award

Fall 12-13-2017

Degree Name

MSEd in Physical Education


Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education

First Advisor

Dr. Susan Petersen


The purpose of this synthesis project was to research the effect that physical activity events have on children’s academic achievement. A comprehensive literary search was completed to find studies that implemented recess, classroom based physical activity, physical education, extracurricular physical activity or sports into the lives of K-12 students. Fourteen academic research reports, journal articles and scholarly peer reviewed articles between the years of 2000-2016 were chosen for the review of literature.

The differences that exist between the forms of physical activity and their impact on academic performance were examined. A strong research base for physical activity improving children’s physical health, cognition as well as behavior was found. Physical activity was also demonstrated to have a positive influence on elementary and secondary students’ academics. Therefore, the benefits outweigh the negatives when it comes to the relationship between children performing physical activity and their academics.