Joseph E. Donnelly, Ed.D, FACSM (Co-Chair); Charles H. Hillman, Ph.D. Co-Chair; Darla Castelli, Ph.D.; Jennifer L. Etnier, Ph.D., FACSM; Sarah Lee, Ph.D.; Phillip Tomporowski, Ph.D., FACSM; Kate Lambourne, Ph.D.;and Amanda N. Szabo-Reed, Ph.D.

This study used primary source articles (including those by Dr. Julian Reed, founder of ActivEd) to review data on the correlation of physical activity (including physical education and sports) on cognition, learning, and  brain structure. Key findings include:

  • Physical activity has an impact on students in the classroom. However, there are still questions regarding how best to incorporate physical activity in the classrooms.
  • Physical activity is important for growth, development, and general health.
  • Physical activity has a positive influence on brain structure and function.

Download the research paper below to get an excellent summary of what physical activity is proven to do in the classroom!