Relationship between fatness, physical fitness, and academic performance in normal weight and overweight schoolchild handball players in Qatar State

Hermassi, S. and Chelly, M.S. and Michalsik, L.B. and Sanal, N.E.M. and Hayes, L.D. and Cadenas-Sanchez, C. (2021) Relationship between fatness, physical fitness, and academic performance in normal weight and overweight schoolchild handball players in Qatar State. PLoS ONE, 16 (2). ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine the correlation between physiological parameters (namely fatness and physical fitness) with academic performance (namely mathematics and science grade point average [GPA]) in normal weight and overweight schoolchild handball players. Thirty-six young male team handball players (age: 9±1 years; body mass: 45.5 ±14.2 kg; height: 1.38±9.1 m; body fat: 19.7±5.6%) at the highest national league for their age group participated. Anthropometry was examined by measuring body mass, body fat percentage (%BF), and body mass index (BMI). Fitness testing included the Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test (level 1), squat jumps (SJ) and counter-movement jumps (CMJ), and upper-limb throwing performance (2 kg medicine ball seated front throw), a 15 m sprint test, and a T-half test for change-of-direction (COD) ability. Academic performance was evaluated through school records of grade point average (GPA) of mathematics and science. BMI was negatively correlated with science GPA (r = -0.57, p

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Journal Article
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PLoS ONE
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152678
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Deposited On:
16 Mar 2021 12:24
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Yes
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Published
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16 Jun 2021 09:06