Research in Health and Physical Education for Teacher’s Toolbox

As our nation strives for school-age children to achieve the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity, all schools need to commit to making evidence-based physical education (PE) and health education the cornerstone of a comprehensive school physical activity program.

SHAPE America advances and disseminates research in physical activity and health through the Research Council and provides a direct link to the effective instructional practices, curriculum and assessment tools that will help you build an evidence-based health and PE program.

The spectrum of discipline areas for SHAPE America's Research Council includes: biomechanics, dance, exercise physiology and fitness, health, leisure and recreation, measurement and evaluation, motor behavior, pedagogy, physical activity epidemiology, psychology, sociocultural aspects of physical activity, special populations, sport management and administration and sports medicine.


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Research Spotlight

Health and Physical Education Research Gallery
Although they were not able to share their original work for feedback and dissemination at this year’s SHAPE America National Convention & Expo due to the COVID-19 crisis, many researchers submitted video presentations for this research gallery.

Research: Take Action!

Apply to serve on the Research Council. We will have at least two at-large positions open starting after the national convention in Baltimore. Deadline: October 15.

Submit a nomination for SHAPE America awardsDeadline: October 15.

Nominate an outstanding scholar to become a Research Fellow of SHAPE America. This program recognizes scholarly contributions to our field. Deadline: October 31.

Submit an application for the Thom McKenzie Research Grant Deadline: December 11.


Classroom-ready & teacher-friendly resources you can use right now to help your students on the path to health and physical literacy. Learn more

SHAPE America Journal Articles
American Journal of Health Education
  • Evaluation of a Behavioral Self-care Intervention Administered through a Massive Open Online Course
  • July / August 2020
  • Aerobic Walking Exercise and Lifestyle Habits Interact with Sleep Quality, Stress, and Life Satisfaction: Results from a Randomized Crossover Study
  • May / June 2021
  • Use of Outdoor Education to Increase Physical Activity and Science Learning among Low-Income Children from Urban Schools
  • March / April 2021
  • Responsibilities and Competencies for Health Education Specialists: Implications for Research and Practice in the American Journal of Health Education
  • January / February 2021
  • School Staff’s Perspectives on the Adoption of Elementary-School Physical Activity Approaches: A Qualitative Study
  • November / December 2020
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    JOPERD: Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
  • Everyone Matters: Eliminating Dehumanizing Practices in Physical Education
  • January 2021
    Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
  • Effects of Balance Training on Balance Performance in Youth: Are There Age Differences?
  • September 2020
  • Two Pathways Underlying the Effects of Physical Education on Out-Of-School Physical Activity
  • June 2020
  • Relationship Between Fundamental Motor Skill Competence, Perceived Physical Competence and Free-Play Physical Activity in Children
  • March 2020
  • Exploring Future Research in Physical Education: Espousing a Social Justice Perspective
  • December 2019
  • Physical Education Teacher Education Leaders’ Perceptions on a National Curriculum in Physical Education
  • September 2019
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