CENTER FOR SPORT PSYCHOLOGY RECEIVES RESEARCH GRANT

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The UNT Center for Sport Psychology has been awarded a $30,000.00 grant from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) for their project entitled “Physical Fitness, Activity Levels, and Psychosocial Health: Relationships with and Influences on the Academic Performance of Middle School Students.” This three year grant, which runs from 2009 to 2011, will allow the Center to determine the extent to which certain factors, such as level of physical fitness or self-esteem, can predict the performance of middle school students on state-mandated achievement tests. The Centers for Disease Control has provided a recent summary of research in this area and we invite those of you who are interested to visit their website (http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/health_and_academics/index.htm).

NASPE is a national organization whose mission is to enhance knowledge, improve professional practice and increase support for high-quality physical education, sport and physical activity programs.  You can learn more about NASPE at http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/