Poster or Presentation Title

Impact of Physical Activity on GPA in College Students

Location

Virtual | Room 1

Access Type

Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

7-4-2021 10:30 AM

End Date

7-4-2021 10:45 AM

Department

Exercise Physiology

Abstract

Regular physical activity (PA) has been shown to promote improvement in cognitive processes, such as learning and academic performance. The magnitude of these effects can be influenced by physical activity status, including total minutes and exercise mode. The exercise modes analyzed in this study are endurance, resistive, and combined. Higher doses of physical activity have been shown to produce greater health-related outcomes which could lead to greater increases in cognitive function, measured in academic performance or GPA. College students are a population where academic performance is of increased importance, making them an adequate population to assess the impact of PA on academic performance.

PURPOSE: Therefore, the purpose of this research was to determine the relationship between physical activity status (total minutes and exercise mode) and academic performance in college students.

METHODS: The subjects of this study were volunteer, full-time, undergraduate students at the University of Lynchburg. Information regarding their demographics was self-reported through a Google Form survey, including height, weight, age, sex, ethnicity, class, college classification, course delivery type, residential status, athletic status, COVID-19 information, and participation in endurance, resistive, and combination exercise. In addition to this information, two questionnaires (International Physical Activity Questionnaire and Godin Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire) were used to assess MET minutes of exercise and an interpretation of the level of PA (active, moderately active, and insufficiently active/ sedentary) respectively.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Jeffery Herrick
Dr. Sean Collins
Dr. Stephen Smith

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Apr 7th, 10:30 AM Apr 7th, 10:45 AM

Impact of Physical Activity on GPA in College Students

Virtual | Room 1

Regular physical activity (PA) has been shown to promote improvement in cognitive processes, such as learning and academic performance. The magnitude of these effects can be influenced by physical activity status, including total minutes and exercise mode. The exercise modes analyzed in this study are endurance, resistive, and combined. Higher doses of physical activity have been shown to produce greater health-related outcomes which could lead to greater increases in cognitive function, measured in academic performance or GPA. College students are a population where academic performance is of increased importance, making them an adequate population to assess the impact of PA on academic performance.

PURPOSE: Therefore, the purpose of this research was to determine the relationship between physical activity status (total minutes and exercise mode) and academic performance in college students.

METHODS: The subjects of this study were volunteer, full-time, undergraduate students at the University of Lynchburg. Information regarding their demographics was self-reported through a Google Form survey, including height, weight, age, sex, ethnicity, class, college classification, course delivery type, residential status, athletic status, COVID-19 information, and participation in endurance, resistive, and combination exercise. In addition to this information, two questionnaires (International Physical Activity Questionnaire and Godin Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire) were used to assess MET minutes of exercise and an interpretation of the level of PA (active, moderately active, and insufficiently active/ sedentary) respectively.