Think of exercise as a prescription for optimizing intellectual reasoning, increasing attention, and improving mood. Regular exercise activates the brain systems that support focus, memory, and self-regulation, decrease impulsivity, and prime kids for learning: all kids— young and old. An exciting and growing body of research shows that physical activity is a promising alternative or additional treatment option for kids with ADHD, executive function challenges, and learning issues.
Dr. Douglas DeMassa will discuss the effects of exercise on the brain and how physical activity can help students improve attention, endurance, short-term memory skills, impulse control, time-on-task, visual tracking, balance, coordination, and self-confidence.
Materials: The Exercise Rx (PDF Format)
Excellent resources about the benefits of movement and the brain:
— Exercise and the ADHD Brain (ADDitude magazine article)
— The Exercise RX for ADHD (Dr. John J. Ratey podcast)
— Run, Jump, Learn! How Exercise Can Transform Our Schools (TED Talk with Dr. John J. Ratey)
More About Douglas DeMassa
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