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J Pediatr. 2010 Dec;157(6):917-922.e1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2010.06.026. Epub 2010 Jul 31.

Physical activity, fitness, weight status, and cognitive performance in adolescents.

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  • 1Department of Medical Physiology, School of Medicine, University of Granada, Granada, Spain. ruizj@ugr.es

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the association of participation in physical sports activity during leisure time, sedentary behaviors, cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, and weight status with cognitive performance in Spanish adolescents.

STUDY DESIGN:

This cross-sectional study comprised a total of 1820 adolescents (958 female) aged 13.0 to 18.5 years. Cognitive performance (verbal, numeric and reasoning abilities, and an overall score) was measured with the "SRA-Test of Educational Ability." Participation in physical sports activity during leisure time (yes/no) and time devoted to study, television viewing, and playing video games were self-reported and categorized as ≤ 3 hours/day and >3 hours/day. We assessed cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness with field-based tests. Adolescents were classified as underweight, normal weight, overweight, and obese.

RESULTS:

Participation in physical sports activities during leisure time was associated with better cognitive performance study variables (all P < .001), independent of potential confounders including cardiorespiratory fitness and body mass index. We did not observe an association of time devoted to study, television viewing, or playing video-games with cognitive performance. Likewise, cognitive performance was similar across cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness levels and body weight categories.

CONCLUSION:

Participation in physical sports activity during leisure time may positively influence cognitive performance in adolescents.

Copyright © 2010 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

PMID:
20673915
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