Cognitive and Behavioral Responses to Acute Exercise in Youths: A Review

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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A review of the literature indicates that acute bouts of physical activity exert short-term positive benefits on the behavior and cognitive functioning of youths without clinical disorders and on youths who have difficulty focusing attention, controlling impulsive actions, or who evidence high levels of motor activity. Prior research conducted has been largely atheoretical. Information-processing models are suggested to provide a framework for assessing the impact of physical activity and cognition and behavior.

The author is with the Department of Exercise Science, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

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