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Exercise Helps Children With ADHD in Study 10 Sep 2014 14:36 #345

Exercise Helps Children With ADHD in Study
Researchers Hope Physical Activity Can Stem Growing Use of Medications
Posted September 8, 2014 by Dave Whamond


Researchers seeking alternatives to the use of drugs to treat ADHD in children are taking a closer look at exercise as a prescription.

A recent study found regular, half-hour sessions of aerobic activity before school helped young children with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder become more attentive and less moody. Other research found a single bout of exercise improved students' attention and academic skills.

It isn't clear whether physical exercise offers particular benefits to children with symptoms of ADHD, since students with typical development also showed improvements after the sessions. Children with the condition have greater-than-normal difficulty paying attention and may exhibit impulsive behavior, among other symptoms.

Some doctors who specialize in treating children diagnosed with ADHD say they often incorporate exercise in the therapy. And some teachers have begun getting students up from their desks for short bursts of physical activity, finding it helps them pay attention to their studies.

"It benefits all the kids, but I definitely see where it helps the kids with ADHD a lot," said Jill Fritz, a fourth-grade teacher at Rutledge Pearson Elementary school in Jacksonville, Fla. "It really helps them get back on track and get focused."

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