The Interdependence of Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement

By Thomas Ryan and Domenic Panettini.

Published by The Sport Collection

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The following discussion examines the plausible interdependence of academics, health and wellness, obesity, physical activity and cognition. The relationships are explored in terms of research outcomes that suggest achievement can be associated with fitness. The manner to realize this association between exercise, fitness and achievement are detailed as being predicated upon one another. This configuration leads to conclusions that illuminate several necessary realizations. For instance, fitness does underpin achievement and school performance and the mind and body are most effective when such variables as diet, rest, and exercise are attended to and maintained in a healthy manner.

Keywords: Physical Fitness, Academics, Wellness, Achievement

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.21-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 749.547KB).

Dr. Thomas Ryan

Professor, Education - Graduate Studies, Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Thomas G. Ryan is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, Nipissing University, where he teaches graduate studies within the Faculty of Education. He has taught at various education levels since 1985 and has won a number of teaching and research awards. He teaches research methods both on-line and in graduate classes and is active in international, national and local research.

Domenic Panettini

Toronto Catholic District School Board, Ontario, Canada

Domenic Panettini, M.Ed. Is a veteran Physical Educator with the Toronto Catholic District School Board.