oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Behavioural response to exercise in children with attention-defict / hyperactivity disorder

Volume 15, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



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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