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Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2012 Mar;44(3):550-5. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3182305552.

Effects of varying type of exertion on children's attention capacity.

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  • 1Department of Health Sciences, University of Rome Foro Italico, Rome, Italy.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The aim of this investigation was to examine the potential influence of varying types of exertion on immediate attentional performance on 138 primary school boys and girls.

METHODS:

Subjects performed three different types of exertion [cognitive exertion (school curricular lesson), physical exertion (traditional physical education lesson), and mixed cognitive and physical exertion (coordinative physical education lesson)] at the same time of the school day for 3 wk. Before and immediately after each exertion session, subjects were administered the d2 Test of Attention.

RESULTS:

Results showed that participants' attentional performances were significantly affected by exertion type (cognitive exertion vs physical exertion vs mixed cognitive and physical exertion; P < 0.05), by intervention (before vs after; P < 0.05), and by exertion type √ó intervention interactions (P < 0.01).

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings suggest that varying types of exertion have different beneficial influences on schoolchildren's immediate cognitive performance.

PMID:
21814148
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