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Physical activity helps children concentrate

09/05/2016 Joanna

Breaking playtime into smaller sessions could help to improve a child's concentration in the classroom, a new study has shown.

The research, which was conducted by psychologists working with children with ADHD, showed that by encouraging traditional games such as "stuck in the mud" and "British bulldog", children not only get fit without considering the activity to be exercise, but they are then tired and exhilarated, making them more prepared to settle down and learn. 

This is particularly prominent among children who have ADHD and reduces symptoms such as inattention and moodiness.

This study has prompted the development of a programme in schools to get children more involved in exercise, which has so far seen positive results.

Teachers have reported improvements in fitness levels, as well as better levels of concentration when it comes to learning.

Psychological science major Shaelynn Hickey said: "The programme is a truly ingenious approach to assisting our youths' cognitive development."

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