Association of Physical Activity and Academic Performance in Schoolchildren of Nepal

Authors

  • Ram Manohar Basnet
  • Laxman Manohar Basnet

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33607/bjshs.v3i106.29

Abstract

Background.  There  is  growing  interest  in  the  association  between  physical  activity  (PA)  and  academic
performance (AP) in children, especially in the developing world. However, no in-depth study of such kind has yet
been undertaken in Nepal. Therefore, this study was carried out to determine if there is correlation between PA and
AP in secondary schoolchildren in Nepal.
Methods. A crosssectional study was carried in four schools of Nepal. Two schools (one private and one public)
were randomly selected from two different districts. Physical activity and academic performance levels of students
were obtained via questionnaires and Pearson’s correlation was done to determine any association.
Results. Our study showed a significant correlation between physical activity and academic performance in
the study population. The correlation was significant for male students, students from rural and urban areas and
from public schools. However, there was no significant correlation in the female population and students of private
schools. We also observed a significant difference in the physical activity performed by male versus female students
(male > female), along with a significant difference in their academic performance (male > female). Further analysis
of correlation on the basis of gender showed that physical activity of male students was significantly correlated with
the academic performance irrespective of the location and type of school. However there was no such correlation in
the female students.
Conclusion. Our study found that male students who were physically active showed positive correlation between
physical activity and academic performance while no such correlation was found in the female students.

Keywords: physical activity, academic performance, schoolchildren, Nepal.

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Published

2018-05-03

How to Cite

Basnet, R. M., & Basnet, L. M. (2018). Association of Physical Activity and Academic Performance in Schoolchildren of Nepal. Baltic Journal of Sport and Health Sciences, 3(106). https://doi.org/10.33607/bjshs.v3i106.29

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Social Sciences in Sport