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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 9

Exercise and academic performance among nursing and kinesiology students at US colleges

1 School of Kinesiology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana, United State
2 School of Physical Education, Sport, and Exercise Science, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, United State
3 Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, United State

Correspondence Address:
David Bellar
School of Kinesiology, 225 Cajundome Blvd, Lafayette, Louisina 70506
United State
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2277-9531.127560

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Context: Lack of physical activity is a contributor to the obesity epidemic and is speculated to relate to reduced academic performance; however, this link has yet to be examined within the college population. Aims: The purpose of this study in a group of undergraduate students, was to determine if aerobic exercise activity was related to academic performance. Materials and Methods: The participants for this study included 740 students at multiple universities enrolled in nursing and kinesiology studies. The participants completed the Leisure and Physical Activity Questionnaire. Results: Pearson's χ2 analysis revealed differences in grade point average with aerobic activity (χ2 = 44.29 , P ≤ 0.001) as well as a trend toward differences in grade point average with weightlifting activity (χ2 = 22.69, P = 0.61). Conclusions: Based on these findings it can be suggested that college students engage in greater aerobic exercise.

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