What role does physical activity play in the treatment of pediatric attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Updated: Sep 09, 2021
  • Author: Maggie A Wilkes, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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No evidence-based studies have been conducted to elucidate the potential role of physical activity in children with ADHD (ADD). However, anecdotal clinical reports commonly attest to improvements in focus and sleep quality associated with regular physical activity and exercise. In addition, regular physical activity is important in patients with some of the common coexistent conditions (eg, depression, anxiety) and helps improve concentration. Therefore, physical activity is often an important component of therapy.


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