Emerging Support for a Role of Exercise in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Intervention Planning
Attention-Deficit Disorder (R Bussing, Section Editor)
First Online: 20 July 2012 DOI:
Cite this article as: Berwid, O.G. & Halperin, J.M. Curr Psychiatry Rep (2012) 14: 543. doi:10.1007/s11920-012-0297-4 Abstract
Recent years have seen an expansion of interest in non-pharmacological interventions for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Although considerable treatment development has focused on cognitive training programs, compelling evidence indicates that intense aerobic exercise enhances brain structure and function, and as such, might be beneficial to children with ADHD. This paper reviews evidence for a direct impact of exercise on neural functioning and preliminary evidence that exercise may have positive effects on children with ADHD. At present, data are promising and support the need for further study, but are insufficient to recommend widespread use of such interventions for children with ADHD.
Keywords Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder ADHD Cortical development Neurocognitive functioning Aerobic exercise Cognitive remediation strategies Nonpharmacological intervention Neural growth Cognitive development Executive functioning Treatment Outcomes References Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance•• Of major importance
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