New Research – Physical Activity Enhances Numeracy in Low Performers
A recent study published in the journal Preventive Medicine has reported that exposure to classroom physical activity may lead to improvements in academic achievement in children who are lower performing.
The study conducted in 28 primary schools in Norway exposed children to a physical activity intervention (90 min/week of physically active educational lessons mainly carried out in the school playground; 2) 5 min/day of physical activity breaks during classroom lessons; and 3) 10 min/day physical activity homework), or normal school routine.
Overall the study reported no effect of the intervention on academic performance. However, separate analyses revealed a favourable intervention effect for those who performed the poorest at baseline (lowest tertile) for numeracy, compared to controls. The study authors therefore suggested:
Physically active educational lessons and short physical activity breaks during classroom lessons for children may be a feasible and simple approach to improving academic performance for some, if not all, children
The study can be accessed free of charge here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743516302626