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Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Niñez y Juventud

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NAVARRO-ABURTO, Braulio; DIAZ-BUSTOS, Erick; MUNOZ-NAVARRO, Sergio  and  PEREZ-JIMENEZ, Jeanette. Physical condition and its relationship with academic achievement in Chilean students. Rev.latinoam.cienc.soc.niñez juv [online]. 2017, vol.15, n.1, pp.309-325. ISSN 1692-715X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.11600/1692715x.1511902032016.

The purpose of this study was to quantify the association between ademic achievement scores in the Mathematics and levels of physical fitness. A cross-curricular quantitative non-experimental study was designed from a database of the results the 2011 Simce mathematics test for 8th grade students in Chile. A sample of 18,363 students was selected for the study. There were significant associations between all of the physical condition variables and levels of academic performance in mathematics, with the variable associated with the abdominal muscle strength test, which demonstrated the highest scores of all the tests. The results demonstrate the benefits of physical activity in achieving strong academic performance and highlight the need to develop a new concept of physical activity, valuing its importance in learning and academic achievement.

Keywords : Physical activity; academic performance; knowledge; cognitive development; physical education.

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