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Straight-A students dislike physical education in adolescence: myth or truth? The AVENA, AFINOS and UP&DOWN studies

Abstract: Abstract Objective: to examine if those adolescents who dislike physical education classes get better results on academic and cognitive performance than their peers. Methods: participants included 4 226 adolescents from the AVENA, AFINOS and UP&DOWN studies. Physical education enjoyment was assessed with a 7-point Likert scale. Cognitive performance in the AVENA study was assessed using the Spanish version of the SRA Test of Educational Ability. Academic performance in the AFINOS and UP&DOWN studies was assessed through Mathematics and Language grades and the average of both subjects. Results: in the AVENA study we found differences in verbal ability among girls who dislike physical education and their peers (P = 0.033). In the AFINOS study, boys who dislike physical education had higher scores in Language than their peers (P = 0.024). In the UP&DOWN study girls who disliked physical education had higher scores in Language and in the average of Language and Mathematics than their peers (P < 0.001). Conclusion: in the AVENA and AFINOS studies adolescents who disliked physical education had similar results in cognitive and academic performance than their peers, but in the UP&DOWN study girls who disliked physical education showed higher results in academic performance than their peers.

 Fuente: Nutr Hosp. 2015;32(1):318-323

Editorial: Aula Médica

 Año de publicación: 2015

Nº de páginas: 6

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

DOI: 10.3305/nh.2015.32.1.8924

ISSN: 0212-1611,1699-5198

Autores/as

CAÑADAS, LAURA

ESTEBAN-CORNEJO, IRENE

ORTEGA, FRANCISCO B.

GÓMEZ-MARTÍNEZ, SONIA

CASAJÚS, JOSÉ ANTONIO

CALLE, MARÍA E.

MARCOS, ASCENSIÓN

VEIGA, ÓSCAR L.

MARTÍNEZ-GÓMEZ, DAVID