Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 6; Issue 5 (October 2018)

Page No.: 2840-2847

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2018.158


Snehal Dharmayat 1, Mehreen Bandmaster *2.

1 HOD of Community Based Rehabilitation, KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy, Nehru nagar,    Belgaum, Karnataka, India.

*2 KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy, Nehru nagar,    Belgaum, Karnataka, India.

Corresponding author: Mehreen Bandmaster, Institution name & address : KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy ,Nehru nagar,    Belgaum, Karnataka, India.  Mobile Number – 9825158541 E-Mail: mehreen_07@yahoo.co.in


Background: According to WHO, Physical Activity (PA) is defined as “Any bodily movements produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure”. Reducing sedentary behavior and promoting regular participation in physical activity among children is the main goal to prevent various health conditions. Health benefits of regular physical exercises are widely acknowledged, yet physical education classes in schools are considered as extracurricular activity. Physical activity is beneficial for overall physical, social and academic performance of children.

Aim: To evaluate the relationship between structured physical activity and academic performance among 10-15 year old school children.

Methodology: 100 school going children of 6th, 7th and 9th grades (mean age=13.5 years) were randomized and administered a structured physical activity program consisting of 5 minutes of warm-up and cool down and 20 minutes of exercise. The program was given on 3 non-consecutive days for 2 weeks consecutively. For evaluating academic achievement (AA), Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) test; 4th edition Indian adaptation was administered in addition to the academic grades of the last conducted exam.

Results: Results showed larger statistical difference in Picture Completion component of WISC, compared to Picture arrangement, Block design, Object assembly, Coding and Mazes components. Some children also showed improvement in the grades in the subsequent exam/test conducted at school.

Conclusion: A structured physical activity program (PA) for school going children may be beneficial in improving the academic performance.

KEY WORDS: Physical activity, academic achievement, school children, exercise, WISC.


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Cite this article: Snehal Dharmayat, Mehreen Bandmaster. EFFECT OF A STRUCTURED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN 10-15 YEAR OLD CHILDREN OF BELAGAVI CITY. Int J Physiother Res 2018;6(5):2840-2847. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2018.158