Conducted by RMIT University, Melbourne, this project coordinates a group-based exercise intervention run by local cricket clubs for primary school children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The planned measurement and analysis aim to determine the effects of the exercise program on symptoms of ADHD, behavioural problems, cognitive function and sleep quality.
Researchers have examined the effectiveness of healthy lifestyle patterns as a means of reducing ADHD symptomology in children (Yu et al., 2016). These studies indicate that children who engage in healthier lifestyles, consisting of adequate physical activity and good sleep quality, have less severe ADHD symptomatology (Agnew-Blais, 2016; Den Heijer, 2017).
The interventions of acute or short-term physical activity, at moderate-to-vigorous intensity, found positive effects on various cognitive functions, and also reduced the severity of ADHD symptomatology. However, most of these studies used a ‘single-dose’ of physical activity, and very few were randomised controlled trials. Therefore, there is a research need to conduct further investigation in this area to determine the effects of a longer physical activity intervention in children with ADHD and to determine if the effect is enduring.
Who Can Participate?
The program is open to children aged 8-12 years.
What Is Involved?
Children are invited to participate in an eight week group-based physical activity program run by community cricket clubs in association with RMIT University. Download the program flyer here.