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Sport Participation and Academic Performance in Higher Education

Key Message

Participation in formal sporting activities is associated with higher grades among university students. 

Source

Muñoz-Bullón, Fernando, Sanchez-Bueno, Maria J. and Vos-Saz, Antonio. (2017). The influence of sports participation on academic performance among students in higher education. Sport Management Review. Available online 19 January 2017. doi.org/10.1016/j.smr.2016.10.006

Purpose

This paper examines the effect that participation in extracurricular sporting activities has on academic performance among students in higher education.

Evidence

The empirical evidence is provided by a panel dataset of undergraduate students who studied at a Spanish University over the period 2008–2014. The academic performance of sports participants are compared with those of non-participants in terms of their outcomes in the form of grades.

Results reveal that participation in formal sporting activities is associated with higher grades among students at this university. The analysis reinforces the idea that apart from their health benefits for practitioners, sporting activities lead to the attainment of the performance goals to which higher education institutions aspire.

Benefit Statements / Outcomes

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  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

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  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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