Acta Kinesiologica <p>Acta Kinesiologica Journal (AK) is an international peer-reviewed journal that examines practical and research aspects of Sport Physiology, Sport Psychology, Sport Pedagogy, Sport Traumatology and Sport Performance. The editorial mission of AK is to advance the knowledge of Sport and Exercise Physiologists, Sport Scientists, Sport Physicians, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Sport-Performance researchers. The journal promotes the publication of research in Sport Physiology and related disciplines that has direct practical application to enhancing Sport Performance and Public Health. The journal publishes original research, brief reports, Invited Commentary / Technical Note, Systematic Review - Meta Analysis, and Letter to the Editor. The intended breadth of AK includes team sports, individual sports, performance aspects of environmental physiology, applied sport nutrition, strength and conditioning, biomedical science, and applications of sport technology. Controlled experimental and observational research of a comprehensive or systematic nature is welcome, provided that appropriate standards of scientific methodology and analysis are met. The journal will be of interest to Sport Scientists, Sport Psychologist, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Sport Physicians, Coaches, Academic Researchers, Students, and related professionals.</p> Association of Physical Education and Health Educators Ljubuški, Teskera bb, Ljubuški, BiH, OIB: 48129454752 (Publisher 1) and SPK CAF - European Institute for Talents, Education Research and Development OIB: 16215452598, M. Krleže 12, 21000 Split, Croatia (Publisher 2) en-US Acta Kinesiologica 1840-2976 Sleep, activity, and cognition: An analysis of academic impact on university students. <p>Purpose: This study aimed to construct and assess a theoretical framework to elucidate the interrelationships between<br />sleep, physical activity, cognitive function, and academic outcomes in Qatari university students.<br />Methods: A study involving 44 students (age: 23.59 years ± 4.34) was conducted. The variables included “grade” (academic<br />performance), rapid visual information processing (RVIP), sleeping efficiency (SE), and average weekly steps (WS). Changes<br />in RVIP, SE, and WS over six weeks (two weeks before, during, and after exams) were analyzed using the Friedman test.<br />Bivariate Spearman’s correlations and mediation and moderation analyses were performed.<br />Results: The Friedman test confirmed significant variations in WS over the study period, indicating fluctuating physical<br />activity levels. A negative correlation was observed between age and physical activity, indicating decreased physical activity<br />in older students. A positive correlation was observed between academic performance and physical activity, suggesting a<br />beneficial impact of physical activity on academic outcomes. There was a significant indirect effect of physical activity on<br />academic performance via cognitive functioning, highlighting cognitive mediation.<br />Conclusions: These findings underscore the role of physical activity in enhancing academic performance, potentially through<br />cognitive advantages. This study establishes positive correlations between physical activity, academic performance, among<br />university students.</p> <p> </p> Monoem Haddad Zied Abbes Ahmed Moustafa Khalid Bibi Areej Barham Abdel-Salam G. Abdel-Salam Copyright (c) 2024 Acta Kinesiologica 2024-06-13 2024-06-13 18 2 24 31