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
  • Using the Move Your Way Campaign to Promote Physical Activity in American Adults and to Advocate for the Enactment of the Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act
  • November / December 2022
  • Instagram Posts Related to Alcohol Use on College Football Game Days after Implementation of an Alcohol Sales Policy
  • January / February 2022
  • Health Literacy and Health Education: Research and Practical Applications
  • November / December 2021
  • Investigating Exercise Readiness and Life Stress among Undergraduate Students at an Historically Black University
  • September / October 2021
  • Evaluation of a Behavioral Self-care Intervention Administered through a Massive Open Online Course
  • July / August 2021
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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
  • An Examination of Motor Competence Profiles in Preschool Children: A Latent Profile Analysis
  • September 2022
  • Profiles of Health-Related Quality of Life and Their Relationships With Happiness, Physical Activity, and Fitness
  • June 2022
  • Profiles of Physical Fitness and Fitness Enjoyment Among Children: Associations With Sports Participation
  • March 2022
  • The Contribution of Physical Education to Physical Activity Within a Comprehensive School Health Promotion Program
  • December 2021
  • Global Challenges and Opportunities for Physical Education Teacher Educators
  • September 2021
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