Working it Out: Physical Activity and Cognitive Abilities Among School-Aged Children

  • Tiffany Beks University of Calgary
Keywords: physical activity, cognitive development, school-aged children, psychologists, professional practice


A growing body of evidence suggests that modern society is facing a physical activity deficit of unprecedented magnitude. Furthermore, research suggests that physical inactivity is associated with decreased cognitive ability and diminished academic competence. The growing implications of physical inactivity among school-aged children have necessitated an urgent response from health professionals and educators to develop innovative and timely solutions. Psychologists who work with school-aged children are in the position to raise awareness of the link between physical inactivity and cognitive development and integrate this body of knowledge into their practice frameworks. This article covers the role of physical activity in the development of cognitive abilities, critical research findings in this area, and implications for psychologists who work with school-aged children.