School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Primary Subject Area
academic performance, GPA, high school, athletic participation
Sitkowski, Lee, "The Effects of Participation in Athletics on Academic Performance among High School Sophomores and Juniors" (2008). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 96.
Athletics and academic performance has been studied at length over the years in the literature. Despite the mostly university level research conducted, no consensus has been reached regarding the impact of athletic participation on academic performance at the high school level. As a result, the relationship between the in season and out of season school academic performance of high school sophomores and juniors in one high school was investigated in this study. It was determined that there was a significant relationship that existed between academic performance, measured by GPA, and athletic participation. Through an analysis of 249 high school sophomore and junior boys and girls, it was found that athletic participation had a positive impact on academic performance and that impact may be attributable to the difference between male in season and out of season performance.