Monday, December 17, 2012

Physical Activity and ADHD Symptoms

Recent research was published in the Journal of Attention Disorders on a pilot study that looked at 17 children, grades K-3, who exhibited four or more hyperactivity/impulsivity symptoms on the Disruptive Behavior Disorders Rating Scale.  Each child participated in 26 minutes of continuous moderate-to-vigorous physical activity daily over eight school weeks.  The effects of response inhibition was the most consistent.  After the program, parents, teachers, and program staff reported that most participants (64% to 71%) exhibited overall improvement.

Reference:  Alan L. Smith, Betsy Hoza, Kate Linnea, Julia D. McQuade,Meghan Tomb, Aaron J. Vaughn,Erin K. Shoulberg,and Holly Hook. Pilot Physical Activity Intervention Reduces Severity of ADHD Symptoms in Young Children Journal of Attention Disorders January 2013 17: 70-82, first published on August 25, 2011 doi:10.1177/1087054711417395

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