A1 Journal article (refereed)
Associations Between Physical Activity and Perceived School Performance of Young Adolescents in Health Behavior in School-Aged Children Countries (2020)


Ng, K. W., Sudeck, G., Marques, A., Borraccino, A., Boberova, Z., Vasickova, J., Tesler, R., Kokko, S., & Samdal, O. (2020). Associations Between Physical Activity and Perceived School Performance of Young Adolescents in Health Behavior in School-Aged Children Countries. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 17(7), 698-708. https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2019-0522


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All authors or editorsNg, Kwok W.; Sudeck, Gorden; Marques, Adilson; Borraccino, Alberto; Boberova, Zuzana; Vasickova, Jana; Tesler, Riki; Kokko, Sami; Samdal, Oddrun

Journal or seriesJournal of Physical Activity and Health

ISSN1543-3080

eISSN1543-5474

Publication year2020

Volume17

Issue number7

Pages range698-708

PublisherHuman Kinetics Publishers

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2019-0522

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/82773


Abstract

Background: Regular physical activity and doing well in school are important for growing adolescents. In this study, the associations between physical activity and perceived school performance (PSP) are examined together.
Methods: Young adolescents from 42 countries (n = 193,949) in Europe and Canada were examined for associations between self-reported moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and PSP. Multinominal analyses were conducted with 0 to 2 days of MVPA and below average PSP as reference categories. Adjusted odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals were reported for pooled data and individual countries after controlling for family affluence scale.
Results: Girls had better PSP than boys, yet more boys participated in daily MVPA than girls. The associations between PSP and MVPA were inverted U shaped. The strongest association for very good PSP was among young adolescents who reported 5 to 6 days MVPA (odds ratios = 2.3; 95% confidence interval, 2.1–2.4) after controlling for family affluence scale.
Conclusions: Young adolescents with average or better PSP took part in at least 3 days of MVPA in a week, suggesting that participating in some MVPA was positively associated with PSP. More days of MVPA in a week, especially for young adolescents with below average PSP, would be beneficial for health and school performance.


Keywordsphysical activityphysical trainingstudy performanceyoung people

Free keywordstransition; academic performance; sport; adolescence


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Reporting Year2020

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