Presentation Abstract

Session: C-20-Cognition I
Thursday, Jun 03, 2010, 7:30 AM -12:30 PM
Presentation: 1874 - The Association Between Vigorous Physical Activity and Grade Point Average in College Students
Location: Hall C, Poster Board: 3
Pres. Time: Thursday, Jun 03, 2010, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Category: +701 mental health, cognition
Keywords: vigorous physical activity; academic achievement; grade point average
Author(s): Jennifer I. Flynn1, Dawn P. Coe1, Joshua J. Ode2. 1University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. 2Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI. (Sponsor: Dr. James Pivarnik, FACSM)
Abstract: Previous studies have determined that a relationship exists between physical activity and academic achievement in elementary and middle school children. However, few studies have assessed this relationship within the college population. PURPOSE: To assess the association between vigorous physical activity (VPA) and grade point average (GPA) in college students.
METHODS: Subjects were 266 students who completed an online survey during fall or winter semesters of the 2007/2008 or 2008/2009 academic years. Physical activity was assessed by the number of days the student engaged in VPA for at least 20 minutes. Cumulative GPA was self-reported. Covariates included major (kinesiology/non-kinesiology), class standing, age, gender, race, study time, and university athletics participation. Linear regression was used to determine the association between physical activity and academic achievement, and predict a GPA based on the aforementioned variables.
RESULTS: Linear regression showed only gender (β=0.422, p value<0.001), major (β= -0.139, p value=0.040), and vigorous physical activity frequency (β=0.049, p value=0.002) to be associated with GPA (R2=0.204, p value<0.001). Thus, an individual’s GPA can be predicted by the equation 2.899 + 0.422(gender) - 0.139(major) + 0.049(physical activity).
CONCLUSIONS: Results suggest a potential association between gender, major, VPA participation and GPA in college students. Specifically, female non-kinesiology students who participate in high levels of VPA are predicted to have the highest GPA. However, additional research needs to be conducted to further clarify associations between physical activity and GPA.
Disclosures:  J.I. Flynn, None.