oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Behavioural response to exercise in children with attention-defict / hyperactivity disorder
|Article Title||Behavioural response to exercise in children with attention-defict / hyperactivity disorder|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Sports Medicine|
|Affiliations||1 Department of Sport and Physical Rehabilitation Sciences, Technikon Pretoria|
|Publication Date||Dec 2003|
|Pages||17 - 21|
|Keyword(s)||Attentive behaviour, Dopaminergic adjuvant, Emotional behaviour, Exercise stimulus, Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function, Methylphenidate (Ritalin), Motor skills, One-leg hops, Oppositional behaviour, Physical activity, Plyometric exercises, Positive psychological benefits, Relay runs, Running, Side-effects, Skipping, Task orientation and Tuck jumps|
The objective is to determine the effect of a moderate intensity exercise programme on the behaviour of children with attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Thirteen ADHD children ( 5 - 1 3 years old, 10 boys and 3 girls) participated in a 5-week exercise programme (5 days a week, 60 minutes of exercise, 20 minutes at 50 - 75% of maximal heart rate). Six ADHD children ( 5 - 1 3 years old, 3 boys and 3 girls) acted as non-exercising controls. A modified Conner's Parent Rating Scale was used to rate the children's behaviour 1 week before, after 3 weeks of exercise, and immediately: after the 5-week period.
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