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Fitness change and subsequent academic performance in adolescents.
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PMID:  23879782     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: This study examined the association between fitness change and subsequent academic performance in Taiwanese schoolchildren from 7th grade to 9th grade.
METHODS: The 7th graders from 1 junior high school district participated in this study (N = 669). Academic performance was extracted from school records at the end of each grade. Cardiovascular (CV) fitness, sit-and-reach flexibility, bent-leg curl-ups, and height and weight for calculating body mass index (BMI) were assessed at the start of each grade.
RESULTS: The results showed that improvement in CV fitness, but not muscular endurance or flexibility, is significantly related to greater academic performance. A weak and nonsignificant academic-BMI relationship was seen.
CONCLUSION: CV fitness exhibits stronger longitudinal associations with academic performance than other forms of fitness or BMI for adolescents.
Li-Jung Chen; Kenneth R Fox; Po-Wen Ku; Chih-Yang Taun
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of school health     Volume:  83     ISSN:  1746-1561     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sch Health     Publication Date:  2013 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-07-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376370     Medline TA:  J Sch Health     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  631-8     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
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© 2013, American School Health Association.
Associate Professor, (, National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sport, No. 16, Section 1, Shuang-Shih Road, Taichung 404, Taiwan.
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