Current Environment:

Arnett Lab | Caregiver and Child Resources | Overview

The goal of our video blog is to summarize ADHD-related research and discuss implications for day-to-day care of children with ADHD. We hope that you find the content in our videos to be entertaining and helpful! Thank you!

-The Arnett Lab

Episode 2 Summary:  In this episode, Dr. Anne Arnett and Dr. Virginia Peisch discuss the benefits of exercise for children with ADHD. Exercise causes a burst of dopamine and other feel-good neurotransmitters which are important for cognitive and behavioral control. Prior studies have found that both short and long term exercise lead to improved performance on laboratory tasks and normalized neural firing among children with ADHD. This means that children with ADHD are likely to benefit from movement breaks both during school and at home, as well as from participating in regular aerobic exercise, such as organized sports.

References: Hoza, B., Smith, A. L., Shoulberg, E. K., Linnea, K. S., Dorsch, T. E., Blazo, J. A., ... & McCabe, G. P. (2015). A randomized trial examining the effects of aerobic physical activity on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms in young children. Journal of abnormal child psychology43(4), 655-667.

Ludyga, S., Gerber, M., Mücke, M., Brand, S., Weber, P., Brotzmann, M., & Pühse, U. (2020). The acute effects of aerobic exercise on cognitive flexibility and task-related heart rate variability in children with ADHD and healthy controls. Journal of attention disorders24(5), 693-703.