A racket-sport intervention improves behavioral and cognitive performance in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Chien Yu Pan, Chia Hua Chu, Chia Liang Tsai, Shen Yu Lo, Yun Wen Cheng, Yu Jen Liu

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Abstract

The present study assessed the effects of a 12-week table tennis exercise on motor skills, social behaviors, and executive functions in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In the first 12-week phase, 16 children (group I) received the intervention, whereas 16 children (group II) did not. A second 12-week phase immediately followed with the treatments reversed. Improvements were observed in executive functions in both groups after the intervention. After the first 12-week phase, some motor and behavioral functions improved in group I. After the second 12-week phase, similar improvements were noted for group II, and the intervention effects achieved in the first phase were persisted in group I. The racket-sport intervention is valuable in promoting motor skills, social behaviors, and executive functions and should be included within the standard-of-care treatment for children with ADHD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume57
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Oct 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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