Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Relationship between Fitness Level and Academic Success among College Students

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Relationship between Fitness Level and Academic Success among College Students

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Jamey R. Plunk, Stephen F. Austin State University, and Rodney Bowden, Baylor University

The benefits of fitness have been explored and identified through both quantitative and qualitative research. One of the benefits has been touted to be increased academic performance resulting from increased levels of physical fitness. The purpose of this study was to determine whether there was a significant relationship between physical fitness level and grade point average (GPA) in college-age students. The participant group for this study included 28 men, Mage = 21.7 years, SD = 3.1, and 47 women, Mage = 20.5 years, SD = 1.6. Fitness level was determined for each participant by participation in the Cooper Mile and a Half Run test for time. The test was administered according to the guidelines established by the American College of Sports Medicine. Estimated [VO.sub.2] max was determined according tot he time on the mile-and-a-half run. Each participant's [VO.sub.2] max was then used to categorize them into one of five fitness levels (1 = Poor, 2 = Fair, 3= Average, 4= Good, and 5= Excellent). Grade point averages were recorded for each participant using university records. The correlation matrix for fitness category and GPA revealed a correlation coefficient of . …

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