How exercise affects concentration in children with ADHD
A recent study done by a researcher at Michigan State University has shown convincing evidence that even a small amount of physical exercise increases concentration skills and overall function in all children, including those diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The study showed that children with ADHD are able to concentrate on a task and drown out distractions more effectively after as little as 20 minutes of physical exercise. This may help alleviate the pressure on parents and doctors alike to use pharmaceutical treatment, which may have side effects, and are increasingly expensive.
The study was conducted using 40 children, aged 8-10, 20 of whom had been diagnosed with ADHD. Half of the participants were asked to read a book for 20 minutes, while the other half were put to exercising on a treadmill. The participants then took a short math and comprehension test, as well as a video game test. It was shown that all participants, including those with ADHD, that were in the exercise group improved significantly in all test situations.