The impact of physical exercise on ADHD has been examined in a large number of studies. Collectively, these studies have examined whether exercise reduces on core ADHD symptoms, e.g., inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity, and strengthens executive functions, e.g., inhibitory control, working memory, and mental health, e.g., emotional and social functioning. Overall, results across multiple studies suggest a positive impact of physical activity (PA) on several of these outcomes in youth with ADHD.
Conclusions based on a single study –no matter how strong the study design and execution may be– are necessarily limited, however. This has led researchers to combine results from multiple studies using a statistical technique called meta-analysis so that more robust and reliable estimates of a treatment’s impact can be determined. [Read more…] about Evidence review: Physical exercise helps boost attention, cognitive flexibility and inhibitory control in children and adolescents with ADHD