Date of Award

Summer 8-16-2019

Degree Name

MSEd in Physical Education


Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education

First Advisor

Dr. Melanie Perrault


The purpose of this synthesis was to examine the existing body of knowledge regarding the impact of physical activity on academic achievement. Previous research identified several factors that contribute to the increased academic achievement in school aged students as a result of fitness level and physical activity. The studies reviewed within the critical mass yielded themes that contributed to the understanding of how physical activity (PA) impacts academics. The types of PA interventions, who was impacted, and how they were impacted were noted as factors which affected academic achievement (AA). PA is being drastically undervalued in schools. It is important to find ways to increase PA within a student’s academic day. While previous research notes that increased PA has positive impacts academics further research is needed to understand which types of PA directly result in positive AA. Future research should study the effects of intervention recommendations on AA in students.