How does physical activity affect children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Updated: Oct 01, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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In one study of the effect of physical activity on children's attention, researchers found that intense exercise has a beneficial effect on children with ADHD. It can improve their attention and may help their school performance. In the study, 28 volunteers (14 with ADHD and 14 without symptoms) engaged in intense physical activity promoted by a relay race, which required a 5-minute run without a rest interval. After 5 minutes of rest, the volunteers accessed a computer game to accomplish the tasks in the shortest time. The groups of volunteers with ADHD who performed exercise  showed improved performance for the tasks that require attention with a difference of 30.52% compared with the volunteers with ADHD who did not perform the exercise. [44]

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